Many youths in disadvantaged communities across Cape Town have computer knowledge below the level they need to function and integrate in today’s societies. Many children in the Townships or Rural and Sub-Urban areas have matriculated from high school without basic computer knowledge. Most of these youths sometimes cannot gain employment because of inadequate knowledge of micro-computer packages.
The South African economy is moving towards a knowledge based society, resulting in organisations insisting on certain skills requirements in order to remain globally competitive. The inability of these youths to gain employment impacts negatively on the Human Development Index (HDI) of South Africa and most often these young people remain frustrated in poverty, demoralised and idle. This has had devastating consequences, as some of these youths, as a result idleness, end up in gangs or get involved in other social malpractices such as theft, prostitution, drug abuse among others. Most private and state-aided schools have well-stocked computer or media centres, and increasing numbers have computers in every classroom. There are several government and private initiatives to get the rest – most schools in townships and rural areas – online within the next few years.
The Dreams to Reality Computer Literacy Volunteering provides international volunteers with the opportunity to help local South African children become computer literate. Volunteers who want to sign up for this project have to be computer literate and preferably have some kind of computer qualification. Computer Literacy Volunteers will work in conjunction with the local schools and will therefore have to participate in another program during the school holidays.
Our goals are:
Make safe, quality international volunteer travel genuinely affordable while contributing and making a difference in our needy communities.
Assistance to local communities and organizations through providing short term (one week to six months) international volunteers.
Create awareness of issues in developing countries through first hand volunteer experiences.
Authentic international volunteer travel experiences, achieved by living and working with local people, communities, organizations and families.
Educate both local people (through volunteers) and volunteers (through their volunteer travel experience and interaction with local people).
Provide an opportunity for people to experience different cultures and international travel affordably whilst making a difference.