Empowerment centre launched

2018-04-24 06:01
The graduates wore academic attire.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

The graduates wore academic attire.PHOTOS: Samantha Lee

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Learners from three local schools and residents who successfully completed a computer-based course have graduated.

The graduation ceremony held at Beacon Hill High School on Saturday also marked the official launch of the Hilltop Empowerment Centre that will be based at the school.

The centre was made possible by the Hilltop in association with UWC and other partners in the hope of creating a centre that focusses on information technology and training.

Rommel Roberts, director of Hilltop says the initiative seeks to create courses that empower the residents.

“Sharing technology is part of our transformation strategy and that includes information technology in the automotive electronic industry, growing food and also now, we are looking at various technical schools in Switzerland who can partner and skills share with schools here, especially in Mitchell’s Plain,” he says.

School principal, Gregory Kannemeyer thanked the organisations for their initiative­.

“It is a privilege to host the certification graduation of our learners and residents,” he says.

“All the principals and schools involved have the same vision that Hilltop has, of empowering our learners and communities and helping them reach their full potential in life.”

Hilltop was established in 1995 in response to a social crisis after apartheid and is based in the Eastern Cape.

This initiative helps them realise their dream of expanding their outreach to other provinces in the country.

Programmes run by the organisation aim to uplift and improve lives of others, especially those from impoverished communities. Courses will include computer skills and courses such as graphic design.

Participating schools were Beacon Hill High School, Spine Road High School and Joe Slovo High School in Khayelitsha.

Roberts congratulated the class who scored an average of 90% in their exams, two of whom achieved 100%.

“It was difficult as everything had to be done online but it was exceptional,” he says.

The event was also attended by various ward councillors, dignitaries and the Swiss Consul General.

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