2014 Graduations By The Numbers

2014. Yes we did it.

Four graduations in a single year! And for each one the barn was packed as young rural students collected their internationally recognised International Computer Driving License (ICDL) certificates, as well as their qualifications in English and hospitality.

The final celebration was held on the 5th December at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC), and we were proud to welcome Arthur Mbambalala from Absa Bank and Malena van der Westhuizen from T-Systems as our guests of honour.

Absa Bank, Nedbank, and T-Systems have all been a driving force at Good Work Foundation (GWF), supporting the vision to deliver rural school-leavers with a second chance – an opportunity to become a generation of young digitals capable of engaging in 21st century economies.

Here are some of the numbers that we are celebrating in 2014:

185: Total number of ICDL Graduates

9: Total number of ICDL Advanced Graduates

5: Total number of CompTIA A+ Graduates

1: Total number of CompTIA Network+ Graduates

139: Total number of English for Access Graduates

7394: Total number of Online Hospitality Modules passed

At the recent graduation we announced the overall top achievers for 2014. Congratulations to Rirhandzu Khosa (Top ICDL Student); Thokozile Ngobeni (Top ICDL Advanced Student); Helen Sibuyi (Top English for Access Student AND Top Hospitality Student).

Look out for upcoming interviews with Rirhandzu and Helen on the blog.

Here are some photos from the day:

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Girl Power: This year, 81 percent of our students were made up of women.

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A Future in IT: Sizakele Gwebu was one of three young women to graduate with a CompTIA A+ qualification and was presented her certificate by Malena van der Westhuizen from T-Systems (left).

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Going Places: Many of these young women are on their way to furthering their studies.

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It’s a Celebration: The barn was packed with mothers, fathers, gogos and siblings, all turning up in celebratory colours.

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Arthur Mbambalala from Absa Bank addressing the new graduates under the Tree. Absa Bank has sponsored bursaries since HDLC opened in 2012 and has pledged bursaries for more than 200 new students in 2015.

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Under the Tree: Our 5th December graduates gather for a photo under the Tree.

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ICDL Winners from left to right: Rirhandzu Khosa (Top ICDL Student), Ockie Klopper (ICDL Examiner), Thokozile Ngobeni (Top ICDL Advanced Student), Deon Hancke (ICDL Examiner), and Gay Sibuyi (HDLC ICDL Coordinator).

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Witness Mnisi hands over the trophy for top hospitality student to Helen Sibuyi. Heln was also the top English for Access student.

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Linky, Havny, Abbna, Vusi and Amukelani smile as their students receive their certificates.

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Glenrose captures some photos of the event on her new tablet. #Digital

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Njabulo Mashele from the Media Academy was one of four photographers at the event. This was Njabulo’s first event using a DSLR camera.

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Paris Moeng, who also won the Leanna Knopik Cup earlier in the year, is our first student to graduate with his CompTIA Network+.

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