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2016-09-29 06:00
 IT professional Luyanga Gcabo is calling for others to come assist the young people.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

IT professional Luyanga Gcabo is calling for others to come assist the young people. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Luyanda Gcabo and a group of IT professionals who offer free tutorials to ICT learners in Langa, is inviting others skilled in the field to come forward to help the youth.

Gcabo and his group offer their services in order to fast-track ICT training for learners in Langa.

Based at St Louis Centre, they provide free tutorials in computer programming, teaching them coding on weekends.

“Our programme is an extension of what they are currently being taught at the centre, but with a more practical spin, in that we are giving them real work place experience.

We are hoping to get them work-ready so that when they leave the course, they will be able to adapt to the professional space,” said Gcabo.

Gcabo said that they have started to build a system where the young coders are developing a registration system for their academy.

“In this way they can say that they have a working product that they have built and it will continue being developed by other learners so they can continue to work on it,” Gcabo explained.

He said that they needed other professionals, not only those who are in the IT industry, to come on board.

“It’s not just about the IT skills but other expertise that a person needs to learn to be a rounded professional. We need to a have a group of young people that are solution driven so that we can improve our communities.

One of the learners is 27-year-old Phumlani Qingana, who said that the project will bring him closer to his dream of one day developing a career choice application for school going children.

“It is exciting because we are actually building a product that is going to be used.

The website and the app will be useful to oncoming learners so that makes me proud,” he said.

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