Computer literacy boosted in South African schools

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Friday, 31 May 2013 09:45am

Phone manufacturer Huawei has partnered with the Khulisani Foundation to launch a training program in South Africa to increase computer skills amongst disadvantaged children with disability.

The mobile Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Training Centre will travel between special needs schools in disadvantaged areas. The centre will focus on the basics of using a computer, including Microsoft Office, and the web. The training is designed to help children with disability from underprivileged backgrounds escape poverty and gain employment later in life.

The project is in keeping with the South African Government’s plan to help people with disability integrate into mainstream society.

Computer literacy is essential for people wanting to compete in the job market, access information and interact with friends and family across all age groups. In Australia, our partnership with the Council On The Ageing Western Australia produced resources to be used in computer training workshops. These focus on assistive technologies that make computer use possible for people with disability, and how to get started on social media.

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