More programmes will be offered at the Randburg computer clubhouse, where youngsters out of school will be taught how to repair computers.
THE technohub in Randburg is teaching youngsters how to repair and upgrade computers – much-needed skills in the workplace.
Sandile NgwenyaRandburg technohub operations manager, Sandile NgwenyaThe City-run computer clubhouse is determined to help unemployed youngsters develop qualities that will get them on their way to opening their own businesses, or marketing their skills.
In addition, in 2011 the programmes offered at the clubhouse are expanding. “This year, we have planned to do various projects with young people using graphic design, music, and animation and video to create awareness about various issues faced by young people,” says the clubhouse’s operational manager, Sandile Mlambo.
The techno clubhouse, which accommodates more than 500 learners between the ages of 10 and 18, started operating in 2004, initiated by the City of Johannesburg. There are three other computer clubhouses in Joburg – in Jabavu in Soweto, Orange Farm and Bellavista.
The new programmes are aimed at making young people more employable, Mlambo explains.
Three computer courses are offered. Firstly, there is the Computer Clubhouse that takes place in the afternoon, when children finish school; then there is the domestic workers programme, teaching domestic workers basic computer literacy; and the centre is introducing a programme this year where out of school young people will be taught how to repair computers.
Mlambo points out that the clubhouse goes beyond just teaching computer skills; it also teaches other significant skills.
“The learning programmes equip learners with other skills such as the ability to collaborate, communicate and work in teams, ability to solve complex problems, self-esteem and self-confidence, ability to develop, plan and execute complex projects and the ability to express oneself with technology.”
Teen SummitMembers of the Randburg technohub at the 2010 Teen Summit in the USAIn addition, a special programme being planned for March this year is a project about human rights. On 21 March, South Africa remembers its past with Human Rights Day. This is the day that, in 1960, police opened fire at anti-pass protestors in Sharpeville.
While the technohub has more than 500 registered members, each day more than 20 learners come to the clubhouse. It gets help from non-governmental organisations, churches and local schools.
It has several achievements under its belt. “Since the establishment of the computer clubhouse we have had three groups from this clubhouse take part in the bi-annual Teen Summit in Boston, in the USA, and some of our alumni members have gone on to varsities and colleges pursuing technology courses,” Mlambo says proudly.
He attributes its success to the local community, which supports it and is involved in a number of projects run by the institution. It has also developed a good working relationship with local schools, which the clubhouse visits from time to time. Presentations are given to tell learners about the clubhouse.
People interested in joining the technohub can visit the Randburg Library, at 22 Selkirk Street in Randburg, or call 011 787 4845. The clubhouse is open from Monday to Friday, between 1pm and 4.30pm.
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