Outreach Foundation’s Computer Centre
The Computer Centre started in June 2007 as a project of Outreach Foundation and has since undergone an extensive change in both the staff component as well as in the computer hardware department. At the present, it accommodates 20 students per class, 6 classes per week.
Why a computer centre in Hillbrow?
High unemployment is a national crisis and particularly affects the youth. This is also evident in Hillbrow and the Inner City. In addition, education is very expensive in South Africa. Many young people from poor backgrounds or even average families cannot afford to further their studies. Consequently, they find themselves roaming the streets after completing matric or dropping out of school due to financial reasons. Basic computer skills training is one of the many requirements that a job seeker needs to make an entry in the job market.
The Computer Centre focuses on the technological side of creativity and trains learners in practical and essential computer skills.
The introduction of basic computer skills training has significantly impacted in the Hillbrow community. Not only did this help boost learners’ confidence and build their self-esteem, but it also ensures a skills base that prospective employers may find appealing. Many of our trainees have found employment and are earning a decent living.
The Basic computer skills offered includes:
- Introduction to computing (Windows 8)
- Microsoft Office Word
- Microsoft Office Excel
- Microsoft Office PowerPoint
- Internet and e-mailing
The project has extended its scope with an even more creative focus and Creative Design classes were introduced in May 2013. The Creative Design classes enable the learner’s to be creative and create their own means of living in future.
The Design class teaches recognised software and content management systems such as:
- Basic design fundamentals
- Adobe Photoshop Cs6
- XAMPP (local hosting)
- Joomla (content management system)
- Community Cyber Cafe
The Computer Centre offers Basic computer skills from beginners to advanced level. This service is offered to the Hillbrow Community for free. New students have to fill the forms at Outreach office. The acceptance criteria are in place because of the demand for the course and because space is limited. At the end of their tuition period, students write exams and are awarded certificates.