The Kagiso Development Trust (KDT) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) South Africa to integrate the ICDL certification programmes into rural high schools participating in the Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme (BNSDP).
he BNSDP, which is being conducted in the Limpopo and Free State Provinces, seeks to help rural community’s access technology.
The MOU will ensure that ICT forms part of the asset base of these communities by assisting them to enhance their communication and access to information.
Themba Mola, chief operations officer of KDT, says education is the driver of development and is most critical in responding to social and economic challenges confronting South Africa and the world over. However, for millions across the country, quality education is simply out of reach. It is for this reason that KDT, through its BNSDP, has chosen to focus much of its efforts in Fighting Poverty Through Education, with a particular interest in rural communities.
“Computer literacy and access to a computer is a fundamental ingredient in breaking the frontiers of poverty and equitable provision of education. Providing learners with an accredited, internationally recognised qualification will help them compete on an almost equal footing with their peers in developed economies,” says Jennifer van Niekerk, CEO of ICDL South Africa.
Rural schools in South Africa, in addition to being generally under-resourced, are crippled by a lack of appropriately developed leadership, sound management, and teaching skills that reflect and actively promote the values of the new constitution.
“The BNSDP was therefore established as a response to the challenges facing our national education system; with the aim of restoring the culture of learning and teaching in schools, while at the same time developing functional and sustainable relationships between key stakeholders within the school community,” says Mola, adding that ICDL, as the international benchmark in end-user computer skills certification, was the obvious choice for a partner in ICT skills development.