SEACOM has partnered with Change the World Trust (CTW), a non-profit organisation, to create a technology training centre serving the informal settlement of Zandspruit in Gauteng. This project aims to help members of this underprivileged community to develop ICT skills that will improve their employability and economic opportunities. The centre will provide Internet-connected computers, training and software to local students.
Change the World is an organisation that aims to provide affordable and quality ICT training to all South African youth. Working with partners such as Microsoft, Cisco Academy, MICT SETA, and the government, the Trust is working to create Learning Centers in as many locations as possible. Initially, the Zandspruit centre will be offering basic PC literacy courses, but from next year, it will offer technical courses that will prepare students to work as PC technicians.
Mark Simpson CEO of SEACOM says: “This is another way that SEACOM is investing in the community and hoping to grow skills and education in Africa. CTW has an exciting and sustainable model that fills students with confidence and empowers them to start new and uplifted lives – a fact reflected in its exceptional track record.”
“With approximately 13 500 families living without basic facilities and services, Zandspruit is one of the most deprived communities in Gauteng. We believe that we can make a difference for its people in partnership with CTW.” says Simpson.
“Due to a lack of training and development opportunities, many young adults become frustrated in their attempt to find employment,” says Jonathan Novotny, programmes director of Change the World Trust. “We believe that equipping them with secretarial know-how, computer literacy, advanced PC Technician courses and other ICT skills is a fantastic way to help bring them into the job market so that they can access the economic opportunities they deserve. We are excited about the possibilities for the new centre in Zandspruit and our new partnership with SEACOM,” concluded Novotny.