The Internet is changing the way we work, socialize, create, and share information, and organize the flow of people, ideas, and things around the globe. Yet the magnitude of this transformation is still under-appreciated. The Internet has accounted for 21 percent of the GDP growth in mature economies over the past 5 years. And yet, in SA, we are still in the early stages of appreciating the transformations the Internet will unleash and the opportunities it will foster. Many more technological innovations and enabling capabilities such as payments platforms are likely to emerge, while the ability to connect many more people and organizations, and engage them more deeply will continue to expand exponentially. The real beneficiaries of the Internet’s growth are people. In order to access Internet effectively, citizens need to be up-skilled in Digital Literacy. Digital literacy has become a worldwide concern for future economic growth.
Microsoft Office Specialist Training- 2017
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification is an international certification (Word / Excel / PowerPoint / Outlook) offered by Certiport. These certifications are equivalent to SAQA credits based on the MOU between Microsoft and MICT SETA. These certifications allow I-CAN students to become international in their pathway of learning through Microsoft. Student Name became the 1st MOS Master at the I-CAN Centre after 3 successful Microsoft exams. The project took place from Oct-Nov 2017. Click here to see Facebook Album.
Africa Code Week in partnership with UWC
Over the past two years, the initiative has empowered over 1 Million youth across 35 countries to either write their first lines of code or simply touch a computer for the first time. UWC in partnership with the I-CAN Centre offered a one-day coding course. Children between the age of 10-16 participated in the program. Thank you to UWC for their contribution in empowering the next generation with digital skills. Click here to see Facebook Album.
IT Digital Job-Readiness Project
In our reflection within IT industry and training institutions, there exist a gap where IT students are unable to function within an IT environment. The gap stems from a lack of practical skills before entering the job-market. G-CITI in partnership with African Ideas piloted a unique project in addressing the above-mentioned gap through a "IT Practical Skills Employment Project". The project focused on both soft and technical skill to narrow the gap of readiness within the IT environment. Students were placed in a simulated office environment and had to troubleshoot hardware devices such as computers, printers and routers to ensure effective workflow through technology. A total of 96 students from College of Cape Town were empowered from Sept - Nov 2017.
DEDAT Digital Skills Programme
The Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) (Western Cape Government) has funded Genesis CITI to deliver various entry-level digital skills programmes. Taken into account the Western Cape Sector Digital Disruption Impact Assessment, programs were aligned to the assessment. The aim of the project were to stimulate growth and opportunities in the IT sector and to address the issue of unemployment existent in disadvantage communities. Technology has become a vehicle for social change and economic value within the 21st century. Therefore G-CITI acknowledges DEDAT for their outstanding support and contribution towards the digital skills programme. Knowingly that the Western Cape contributes immensely towards the GDP growth of South Africa.
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Sanzaf Sponsorship for Students
Thank you to Sanzaf to who funded 8 students for the various IT semester courses. SANZAF is a faith-based, socio-welfare and educational organisation that strives to facilitate the empowerment of needy families through the efficient collection and effective distribution of Zakáh and other Sadaqát in a proactive and cost effective way through projects. G-CITI in partnership with Sanzaf has made it possible to provide disadvantage youth an opportunity to enroll for skills programmes.
Computer Basics For Kids
Our children will, as adults, experience new tech heights beyond the limits of our imagination. So should we let the inevitable take hold now? Or do we restrict, restrain and reject the tentacles of technology? The I-CAN Centre, based on its research, has crafted a course where younger children (aged between 7 and 14 years) can learn more about computers, its software applications and the advantages and disadvantages which can be a positive or negative contribution to oneself and society. See Facebook Album
Robotics taking over!
Robots can capture a child’s imagination like no other tool by creating a fun, physical learning process. With robots, kids learn programming via interactive play by moving a robot in various sequences and using intuitive, visual programming on a computer screen. Not only for children, the I-CAN Centre offered “Robotics” for youth (primary and high school) to develop specific digital skills that will be a necessity in the future.
Digify Bytes Workshop
The I-CAN Centre in partnership with Digital Foundation offered a one day course in online marketing. This aimed to empower people with a complete understanding of how to use the internet and become digitally savvy! This international project- http://digifyafrica.com/home/digifyafrica/ is taking place all over the African Continent. See Facebook Album
I-CAN and College of Cape Town Graduation
The I-CAN Centre in partnership with College of Cape Town empowered 40 students in various courses from 1st September - 15th November. These courses range from IT Essentials, Essential Business Skills and 3D Printing. All courses were funded by Dept Economic Development and Tourism in supporting local communities with digital skills. Students from various areas such Elsies River, Ravensmead, Belhar, Gugulethu, KManenberg, Hanover Park, Parow, Uitzig, Bellville South, Eerstriver and Khayelitsha. Part of the partnership with College of Cape Town these students will have opportunity for placements in 2017. See Facebook Album
Free Internet from Sonic Wireless
Sonic Wireless has partnered with the I-CAN Centre to provide free internet for the proof of concept (I-CAN Centre). The free internet to the community is 300 MB WIFI Data per month and 45 minute internet access per day. This revolutionary approach has afforded more than 1400 I-CAN Users internet access.
Broadband is not a luxury; it's a necessity. Affordable broadband is a building block for healthy communities. In the 21st century, broadband Internet access has emerged as more than just an information superhighway—it has become critical infrastructure to connect citizens, businesses, and communities alike to new opportunities. Yet for too many communities,the promise of fast, affordable, and reliable Internet access remains unrealized.
Expanding high quality Internet access in a community, whether large or small, can yield a multitude of benefits for residents— from improved health services, to new opportunities for small businesses, to higher property values, to a stronger local economy. This enables citizens to access emails, communicate through social media and researching possible job opportunities. Citizens are also trained how to sign up for WIFI and use it effectively.
We have more than 540 citizens signed up for WIFI access. As the number are growing daily, the awareness of digital access has become a reality to many. We aim to empower more citizens with access to broadband usage of digital skills.