New Students. New Skills. New Dreams.

52 new young adults were welcomed into the Absa-sponsored “Bridging Year” at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC) this week, and celebrated with their first photo underneath the Digital Tree of Knowledge. The campus of world-class learning aims to create a “bridge” between school and work, providing the skills, tools and opportunities for rural adult learners to become proficient in English and digital literacy. This year over 200 adults have already graduated.

As well as the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL), in 2015 we will continue to grow our “English for Access” programme. We will also continue to provide exciting leadership and life skills workshops.

Meet some of our new students who have all been awarded bursaries for the one-year course by Absa Bank (46 students) as well as Empowers Africa (6 students):

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Our new bridging year group of 52 new students consists of 50 young women. An incredible stat.

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Mfumo Thobela is 20 years old and is from Mkhulu. She has used a laptop before, but only for music and games. She rates her English as 7/10, and after she has finished she would like to study to be a Chartered Accountant.

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Nomsa Mhlanga is 21 years old and is from Mshadza. She has never used a computer before. She rates her English as 7/10 and dreams of becoming Mpumalanga’s best social worker.

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Adelaide Ngwenya is 25 years old and is from Oakley, which is about ten minutes from the Kruger Gate. She has used a computer a little (but says she is not very confident). Adelaide would rate her English as 8/10. “I am here so that I can get the skills to get a job. I am doing this for my mother and my son. I would love to become a Supply Chain Manager.”

 

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IT Academy Coordinator – Gay Sibuyi – introduces our new students to the team.

Special thanks to Absa and Empowers Africa for their support of our HDLC bridging year – a year that is determined to give school-leavers a second chance, and connect these young people to the languages of the world.

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