Mpumalanga’s Coolest Place to Graduate

With helicopters touching down, government ministers attending, and “VIP” guests in Florida, USA, following instant updates online, Hazyview Digital Learning Centre’s graduation on Friday might just be the “coolest” the province has ever seen.

Add to that the debut of the Good Work Foundation (GWF) choir and a surprise award presented to GWF by Mpumalanga’s Department of Education, and this is a graduation that won’t be forgotten soon.

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VIP guests arrive for the graduation by helicopter on the HDLC soccer pitch.

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The GWF Choir performs the national anthem ahead of proceedings.

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The press, Gogo Mo and Anna Ridgwell (both from Londolozi) give a standing ovation to this year’s incredible graduates.

Over 100 guests, including Mpumalanga’s MEC for Education, Mrs. Reginah Mhaule, attended the formal ceremony on Friday, Mar. 14 where 49 adult students received their International Computer Driving License (ICDL), an internationally recognised tertiary qualification that represents skills proficiency across various ICT disciplines.

“When they arrive here, the majority of our students have never operated a desktop computer before” said Kate Groch, Good Work Foundation CEO. “Our job at Good Work Foundation is to connect young learners to the languages of the world: ‘digital’ and ‘English’. Not only do we focus on equipping learners with skills that are valuable in the job place, we are also firm believers in plugging learners in to the possibilities of online learning. If you can drive a computer and you are English-literate, then you should be able to sit in one of our digital learning centres and enroll in an online degree anywhere in the world.”

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The ICDL Advanced graduates, from left: Lungile, Maggie, Nkulu, Zanele and Pleasure.

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A very proud moment: HDLC Facilitator, Lungile Shabangu, graduates with her ICDL Advanced.

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Our graduates celebrate under the Digital Tree of Knowledge.

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Kate Groch congratulates “Mr. T”.

During the ceremony, the second to be held at HDLC since it was opened in August 2012, Jeffrey Braam Singane was awarded the Top ICDL Student award with an average of 90 percent across the following modules: Word Processing; Spreadsheets; Database; Presentation; and Information & Communication. Shearer Ngobeni, a Good Work Foundation scholarship student attending Southern Cross Schools in Hoedspruit, was awarded the All Heart Fund’s inaugural Leanna Knopik Cup for his exemplary attitude to his work and his peers.

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Kate hands over the trophy to Jeffrey Braam Singane, who graduated as the Top ICDL student.

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Shearer Ngobeni is awarded the inaugural Leanna Knopik Cup. He is pictured here with is mother, Minah (left), Kate Groch, Gogo Mo and Londolozi Chef, Anna Ridgewell.

“Government alone cannot take the children of this province and this country to the heights that we want them to be, so we partner with businesses, community-based organisations and non-government organisations” said Mrs. Mhaule. “We want to appreciate institutions like Good Work Foundation that come closer and help the Department of Education and help the government of Mpumalanga and say ‘we can assist you’. Thank you for the good work that you are doing for the children of Hazyview and South Africa.’”

After congratulating Mpumalanga’s newest “digital” graduates, Mrs. Mhaule presented Kate Groch and Good Work Foundation with a certificate of appreciation for their “outstanding contribution in the emancipation of the youth in Hazyview and surrounding areas” on behalf of Mpumalanga’s Department of Education.

Congratulations to our graduates who, as Dave Varty says, “stand for everything that this country is about.” To find out more about Good Work Foundation, click here to watch our video, or contact us.

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Mpumalanga MEC for Education, Mrs. Regina Mhaule, with ICDL students, Amos, Lorraine and Nomvula.

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Good Work Foundation founder and CEO, Kate Groch, accepts a Certificate of Appreciation from MEC Reginah Mhaule.

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From left: HDLC Director, Pastor Solly Solomons; Mpumalanga MEC for Education, Mrs. Reginah Mhaule; Good Work Foundation Chairman, Dave Varty & Good Work Foundation CEO, Kate Groch.

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