December, a festive season, and usually a time for holiday planning was spent in a flurry of activity for SchoolNet. In partnership with SYSPRO and the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS), SchoolNet facilitated workshops to over two hundred and fifty (250) youth and community members in three provinces.
Workshops were hosted in Gauteng (Yeoville, Dobsonville, and Alexandra), Limpopo (Lephalale) and KwaZulu Natal (Eshowe and Madadeni). The Digital skills and Literacy programme as customised to suit the needs of participants and included with basic digital skills, an understanding of how to use computers effectively and how to apply computer skills in their everyday life and entrepreneurship activities.
The programme offered two major components, namely, Microsoft’s Deploying Technical support Solutions, and using Coding resources from Minecraft and Scratch. There was a huge focus on digital skills relating to hardware components, software applications and an introduction to computational thinking and the basics principal of coding.
Ms Eketleng Mahibela, one of the participants, reported that:
‘’I learned about the different computer components and how to put them together, as well as the safety of the internet. I learned what a virus is and when using a computer it is important to have an anti-virus. I am thankful to the SchoolNet team for helping me understand the importance of internet privacy and teaching me a lot.”
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