Who are we?
The Computer Centre started in June 2007 just as a project. It has since undergone an extensive change in both the staff component as well as in the computer hardware department. At present, it accommodates 20 students per class, 6 classes per week.
The Computer Centre offers basic computer skills from beginners to advanced level. Due to the demand for the courses and the fact that space is limited, students have to complete registration forms and go through a screening process. At the end of their tuition period, students write exams and are awarded certificates.
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 have these courses help boost learners’ confidence and build their self-esteem, but it has also ensured 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 centre extended its scope to include Creative Design classes. 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
We strive to:
Develop the minds of our learners
Teach basic computer skills
Support and inspire individual's journey
Promote self-worth and positivity