GWF Women and Technology are Inseparable

As we continue to celebrate women in IT, we chat to Thembi Ngwenya, a lady who is astonished by her own achievements as an IT facilitator.

Thembi is an International Computer Driving License (ICDL) facilitator at Good Work Foundation (GWF), who loves it when her students “get it right.”

She was once an ICDL student herself, at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC). Due to self-discipline and determination, she was later recruited to join a team of hard-working facilitators in the IT department.

“When I was approached to be a volunteer in this Campus, I was overwhelmed by shock. In fact, I honestly asked myself why me? Deep down it occurred to me that there had to be something that they saw in me that led to my appointment and I was grateful for it.”

As excited as she was about her role at GWF, Thembi had a few obstacles to overcome, one of which was to stand in front of a group of students and teach.  “You have no idea how much of a challenge that was, because I had stage fright. Some of these people were the same age as me and some were older, and both age groups were challenging. What made it even more difficult for me at first was the lack of confidence to stand and teach people I grew up with, it was intimidating.”

Thembi is very excited about her new technology centered adventure. She has been exploring social media, and has  joined Twitter and learnt how to use Facebook properly. “I didn’t understand this tagging and re-tweeting and #tagging stuff, but I’m glad I took the plunge, becaused I am now loving it.”

Thembi’s engagement with students attests that indeed she likes seeing other people succeed in life, as she ensures that no student leaves the classroom with an unanswered question.

“Our goal as facilitators is to help anyone who dares to step into this digital space of wonder to walk out of here with all the necessary computer skills they need. It is our role to ensure that we repeat the lessons up until they get it right, and that they enter an exam room well prepared”, says Thembi.

Stage fright about standing in front of students and teaching about computer driving is a thing of the past for Thembi who, enjoys running these women dominated class sessions.

Stage fright about standing in front of students and teaching computer skills is a thing of the past for Thembi who, enjoys running these women dominated class sessions.

Thembi makes it her responsibility to ensure that "no student leaves the classroom with  unanswered questions."

Thembi makes it her responsibility to ensure that “no student leaves the classroom with unanswered questions.”

Written by Mpho Lebyane.

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