The first thirty learners to complete the Microsoft Unlimited Potential course at the Tokologo Digital Village & Computer Centre, graduated on the 9th of February 2007. The ceremony was held at the Tokologo Digital Self Help Centre, with learners receiving their certificates and celebrating with their families.
Magic Nkwashu of the National Council for People with Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA) was a guest at the function, and commented on the need for skills development in the technology sector in South Africa.
Ari Seirlis, National Director of QASA, emphasized that the desired output was for the graduates to get employment. This was a performance indicator given to QASA by Microsoft and therefore the Graduation was merely a celebration, the last step in the measurement of success of this project was to encourage and ensure the graduates secure employment.
QASA has just concluded a contract with Microsoft to open another two Digital Villages (Valley Trust, KZN and Mthatha). This challenge is a credit to QASA’s success in skills development and training.
The learners have now completed modules in web design, internet and email, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations. A new course starts every three months.