DETERMINATION is what helped KwaNyuswa’s Aneliswa Khwela achieve her goal to become computer literate, by graduating at The Valley Trust’s Opportunity Centre, which offers a three-month computer course.
Other courses offered by the Valley Trust are an employment assistance programme, skills and career development and entrepreneurship development.
Speaking about her story, Khwela said: “When I first started I didn’t know anything about computers. I only knew how to play music and watch movies,” said Khwela.
She said that she struggled at first as she wasn’t familiar with what she was being taught.
Khwela said that when they started the programme, they were told that the pass rate was 85% and she was a bit hesitant as in high school it was fine if she passed with 50%.
“When we were told the pass rate, I just told myself that this wasn’t for me but Dr Robin Stead who encouraged us. He told us that with determination, we would be able to achieve our goals,” she said.
She further said that she’s very grateful for the opportunity that The Valley Trust gave her, because she was able to get admitted to the Durban University of Technology.
“It really helped me a lot because I wasn’t going to be accepted at university if I didn’t have any computer skills.
“Also, I was taught about how to use the computer to send e-mails and how to construct a CV.”
Khwela said that other skills she acquired include how to conduct yourself when you are going for an interview and how to behave in the workplace.
“Asking for help from those who know more than you is not a bad thing because it shows how much you hungry for success,” she said.
She thanked Stead and the facilitators at The Valley Trust who were a great support to her which led her to graduating.