Heritage Academy proud hosts of the Telkom Coding Workshop
Telkom Foundation in partnership with Nunnovation Africa Foundation (NAF) has launched a coding programme specifically tailored towards the people in the community of Pietermaritzburg with hearing impairments. The programme will take place at Heritage Academy in Prestbury from the 25th – 29th March 2019. The programme seeks to upskill 30 youth with a hearing disability, with little to no computer science background.
South Africa has a youth unemployment rate of 54% and automation will displace more than 50% of the current workforce translating them to unemployment according to the spectator index in sectors such as retail, accountancy, law, manufacturing and any other repetitive orientated jobs. Telkom Foundation has committed to upskilling the youth of South Africa with the necessary ICT skills that will secure a successful future in the digital era we live in. Telkom Foundation has partnered with NAF to offer ICT skills to disadvantaged groups.
Over the past two years Telkom Foundation and NAF have upskilled primary school, high school and unemployed youth with coding skills. Coding has helped the learners improve academically as they have a clearer mind of what the digital world has to offer and how their basic education results affect their career decisions in the long run.
For the youth of Pietermaritzburg this week long training promises to be a programme that will not only equip them with coding skills but also it can help empower those living with hearing impairments by providing tools to be the leaders of ICT and innovation through critical thinking skills.