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2018-07-05 06:00
Busisiwe Mrataza is one of the learners who participated in the programme.    PHOTO: BRUCE SUTHERLAND

Busisiwe Mrataza is one of the learners who participated in the programme. PHOTO: BRUCE SUTHERLAND

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Flowing on from the successful launch of the digital literacy pilot project in Langa, now eight learners from Mfuleni participated in the City of Cape Town’s digital literacy programme at the local library­.

The programme allows for easy access to the LibreOffice package available on SmartCape computers located in the City’s libraries­.

The City’s Information Systems and Technology Department assisted with the development of the programme. Applicants had the opportunity to complete a questionnaire as part of a survey to determine areas of need. The City also liaised with local community organisations to identify prospective learners.

According to Raelene Arendse, Mayco member for corporate services, the programme forms part of a digital literacy pilot project that focusses on enhancing participants’ digital skills.

“Developing these skills will help not only to improve their access to technology but will also open doors to other employment opportunities.”

The programme empowers learners to understand the digital environment and various software applications­. Learning new computer skills will give them a better opportunity to pursue a career in computer programing.

Participants were trained in computer hardware and embedded software, Basic Writer (an open source Word equivalent), Basic Calc (an open source Excel equivalent) and internet security­.

One participant, Busisiwe Mrataza, said: “I have learned how to use a word processor and spreadsheet programme, how to create a CV with a cover letter and how to create a budget with graphics. These skills will assist me in finding a better job and furthering my studies.

The technical skills will improve my typing ability and book-keeping knowledge.

The programme also taught us about computer safety and how to be safe on the internet. The Basic Computer Literacy Programme made me aware of how the world around me has changed and how digital technology plays a huge role in our world and my future.”

Participants who successfully complete the programme will receive Certificates of Attendance.

“The City would like to encourage young people and community organisations to make use of these excellent learning opportunities­. While the City fulfils its role to create a learning environment, we ask community leaders to encourage young people to make use of these valuable digital literacy programmes. It will be to their benefit in the longer term,” says Arendse.

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