Computer literacy is essential for people wanting to compete in the job market, access information and interact with friends and family across all age groups. The South African government’s mandate for 2013 stipulates that no child will leave a public school in South Africa without basic computer literacy.
While statistics of the number of schools that have access to computers and the Internet for teaching and learning are dismal, it is important to acknowledge that teachers are critical to the future of our a young democracy. 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.
How you could help?
DTR’s Computer Training Volunteer project allows volunteers to help local children develop their computer skills. Volunteers can therefore make a valuable contribution by teaching basic computer skills which not only allow the children in townships and rural communities access to the internet, but also will enable them and help with their employment prospects. This project is run through a local school which means volunteers will be required to participate in another placement during school holidays. Volunteers in this program can also assist with the teaching program to ensure they have enough work per day. Towards the end of each term exams will be written and teaching work is limited during the exam periods.Volunteers on this program must be computer literate and ideally have some computer relevant qualifications.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer for Dreams To Reality, click here.