UFH CoE Partners with Local NGO and Nkonkobe Municipality for ICTD

In April 2013 the UFH CoE partnered up with the African Footprints of Hope Organization and the Nkonkobe Municipality to introduce the operations of the Siyakhula Living Lab (SLL) in Alice (Nkonkobe) and the surrounding areas. SLL Nkonkobe differs from SLL Dwesa in the course content offered; SLL Dwesa offers computer training in the Ubuntu environment whilst SLL Nkonkobe is based on the International Computer Drivers Licence (ICDL) syllabus (Windows Environment). Professor Mamello Thinyane and Mr Zelalem Shibeshi have been involved in the course co-ordination and smooth running of the project for the years 2013 and 2014, respectively, with the help of second year Computer Science Masters student Miss Pride Nyambi, Mr Sabelo Yalezo and Miss Caroline Gurajena. On the 9th of May 2014, 48 trainees attended the graduation ceremony where 24 received certificates of completion of the whole course. In August 2014, new trainees started with their lessons and the number increased to 15 trainees per class for the three different groups of classes. Miss Sinazo Dwyili and Mr Xola Gulwa are part of the very first product of SLL Nkonkobe who have since joined the team of trainers as tutors.<!--breal-->"If someone had told me a year ago that I will be teaching computer I would have not believed them. But I am grateful for the opportunity it had opened for me", said Miss Dwyili. The second group of trainees will be celebrating their successful completion of the ICDL-based computer course next year (2015), taking home with them not only their certificates but also essential computer skills. SLL Dwesa trainees who enrolled in August 2014 will also celebrating their Ubuntu-based course in early 2015.

[Author : Pride Nyambi]

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