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2018-10-30 06:00
Some of the participants who graduated on Tuesday.

Some of the participants who graduated on Tuesday.

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A group of 32 men and women have graduated from a free three-month computer course offered by a community worker in Searidge Park.

After finding herself unemployed when her company relocated, Ceceline Seale decided to pass on her knowledge to residents around her.

“I couldn’t find employment even though I’m a qualified bookkeeper. I then decided to train kids and did so for three years.

“This year I decided to focus on the young adults because of unemployment [due to a] lack of computer knowledge. I knew I could give them the relevant training to get their foot in the door of a good job. And I just did it,” says Seale.

She converted her living room into a classroom with computers and office furniture and offered classes to unemployed residents and high school learners aged between 18 and 63.

The training covered computer basics, Microsoft Word, the desktop, Windows 2007 operating system, the mouse and keyboard and the hardware of the computer.

Each student also wrote three tests and all passed with a mark of 80% or more, says Seale­.

“Most of them wanted to know how to operate a computer because their requests to have something done on the PC at home were being ignored by family members. Some needed it to seek better employment, some came to class to get away from home, and some have a small business at home and needed the empowerment to become independent in their business,” says Seale.

She was surprised by the group’s dedication and drive throughout, especially during winter because they would attend every class.

“[I think this] determination was born out of the frustration of being unemployed and poor.

“They believe in themselves and I respect them for their fiery willpower to want to change their lives,” she says.

The group was selected with the help of social media, flyers and word of mouth.

The class consisted of 30 women and two men and they officially graduated from the course on Tuesday last week.

A special graduation ceremony was held for the students at the Tusong Centre, Tafelsig­.

Seale says she will be offering the classes again, free of charge, and hopes to resume in the new year.

“Computers are my passion and to share my knowledge gives me great joy. I want to empower the whole of Mitchell’s Plain and if I have to do it alone I will do it.

“Not everything is about money and these students don’t have money, but it doesn’t mean they should not get the lessons,” she says.

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