MWEB has partnered with the Mitchell Plain’s Education Forum (MPEF), to bring technology and Internet connectivity to the Mitchell’s Plain community. MPEF works on improving education and assisting in job creation for unemployed youth in the Western Cape.
MWEB is providing connectivity and computer facilities to a Technology Training facility in Mitchell’s Plain. Their involvement will assist in building on the facility’s success by highlighting the need to
educate communities about technology. “We believe strongly in the opportunities that are created through the application of technology,” says Derek Hershaw, CEO of MWEB ISP.
The technology training facility teaches assessors, moderators, facilitators, as well as equips learners with skills in furniture making and welding. Minister in the Presidency in charge of the National Planning Commission, Trevor Manuel, who helped establish MPEF in 2010, has since lauded the progress made by the Forum. Over 700 learners mentored through MPEF have gone on to achieve great success, most of who have opened up their own small business.
MWEB describes the Internet’s role in empowering communities as providing additional learning resources, developing skills and building self-esteem; making youth a lot more employable. MPEF skills Centre Manager Winston McPherson says, “With the Internet connectivity that MWEB is providing to our facility, learners will for the first time have access to research. This will have a huge impact on the way they learn and grow their skills set.”
The South African Government has identified job creation as a key priority, citing the need for improved skills in the country. Together with MPEF’s focus on youth and MWEB’s on-going support for entrepreneurs, the partnership aims to accelerate skills development and foster quality education, enabling continued opportunities for future employment.
“We believe the Internet is a great educational resource and being based in the Western Cape, this project makes a lot of sense for us,” concludes Hershaw.