Nedbank helps disadvantaged youth develop computer skills


Nedbank?s contribution to the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre will enable 30 students to gain their International Computer Drivers? License over a period of two years and 15 students to undergo basic computer training over a period of six months.

The Hazyview Digital Learning Centre is the brainchild of the Good Work Foundation (GWF), a non-governmental organisation that has initiated several rural education projects in Mpumalanga and Free State provinces since 2006, to fill the gaps between what school leavers know and what employers need. The Digital Learning Centre will equip young people who graduate from high school with skills that can improve their chances of getting into the job market.

Apart from computer literacy, the Good Work Foundation is also focused on improving English literacy, providing basic finance and business management courses and improving the job prospects of young people through better CVs, career guidance and job interview skills.

"Education is one of the key focus areas for us and our involvement in this project is also inspired by the realisation that education plays a crucial part in creating a knowledge-based economy. We believe that civil society organisations, the public and the private sector should always seek to combine resources to uplift the standard of education in South Africa. We hope that the launch of this new facility will go a long way in adequately preparing the youth of Mpumalanga for the job market,' said Kone Gugushe, Nedbank?s Divisional Executive: Corporate Social Responsibility.

Nedbank has continued to demonstrate sustained commitment to uplifting communities across South Africa, including Mpumalanga. A few weeks ago, the bank hosted financial literacy lessons for the youth of Bushbuck Ridge in Mpumalanga. Most recently, Nedbank announced an investment of approximately R3.5 million towards the 2012 Nedbank Matric Revision Programme, which helps students prepare better for their end-year exams.

The bank has also invested over R1 million to the Nedbank Penreach maths, science and English afternoon tutorial programme based in Bushbuckridge, which provides extra lessons in maths, science and English to 250 learners in grade 10 and 11 at their schools in the afternoons during the week and Saturdays. In 2011, the programme produced 15 A and 35 B symbol students for maths and science in the final National Senior Certificate examinations.

The Nedbank Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the Nedbank Group, invests in excess of 50% of its annual budget towards education.