Programme offers opportunities

2016-02-04 06:00
 Adrian Good, ADT Security’s General Manager with some of the successful learners.

Adrian Good, ADT Security’s General Manager with some of the successful learners.

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In excess of 90 learners graduated from a computer literacy training program at the end of 2015, which will strengthen their prospects in the challenging job market.

The learners were part of the three-year ADT Teach program, arranged jointly by ADT Security and the South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP).

The first group of students enrolled for the ADT Teach program in 2009.

The curriculum was developed by the SAEP, and focuses on critical ICT skills such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, database and email. In addition, learners also received guidance in public speaking and confidence building as well as instruction on CV writing skills.

“The program is aimed at providing learners some of whom have never even touched a computer with IT training and support skills.

All received a nationally recognised IT Certificate in End-User Computing, as all ADT Teach educators are qualified National Qualifications Assessors,” said Adrian Good, ADT Security’s general manager.

He explained the program was conceptualised to address the dire lack of IT infrastructure and support in disadvantaged schools, which meant that schools and educators were unable to properly equip learners for the challenges of the computer-era.

The principal of one of the schools whose learners enrolled for ADT Teach said the students did not only learn IT skills, but valuable life skills as well.

“They were taught how to work as teams and how to act as a leader. It also kept them busy after hours, which reduced the likelihood of them being exposed to gangsterism (a real challenge in our community) and other criminal activities and substance abuse,” said Mr MS Dotwana, the acting principal of Intsebenziswano High School in Cape Town.

A graduation ceremony was held in Jozi and Cape Town in December where the best performing students each received a laptop.

From Cape Town, the 52 graduates came from the Zisukhanyo, Sophumelela and Intsebenziswano Secondary schools.

Thirty nine learners graduated from the ADT Teach program in Gauteng, representing Allanridge and Tsosoloso ya Afrika Secondary schools as well as Umqhele Comprehensive School.

One of the students who was part of the first ADT Teach graduating class seven years ago addressed the ceremony in Cape Town.

Okuhle Ngcwana has just completed his national diploma in Chemical Engineering, and told graduates how the ADT Teach program helped give him confidence to work on computers when he started his studies.

“I noted that there were students there who were using the computers for the first time in their lives, and that was when I felt very lucky that I got to attend the ADT program for basic computer literacy,” he said. “My computer skills lecturer noted that I was doing well in this subject to an extent that he even asked me if I can assist other students who were struggling with the subject.”

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