Community & lifelong learning
Education – the route out of poverty

Many adults in Masiphumelele have not had the advantage of good schooling so Masicorp provides funding and teaching staff to help them gain the skills they need to get jobs or start their own business.

The graduates of the 2013 ‘Life Skills’program with their new sewing machines

'Life Skills' course

At the Chasmay Road site, Masicorp, working in partnership with Evangeline Ministries, provides a ‘Life Skills’ course for women with little or no previous education. The course takes six months and teaches Basic English, Computer and Sewing Skills. All these topics are highly relevant to the women’s everyday lives and the course helps them gain self-confidence and a pride in their own work.

Each morning the women are tutored to improve their English language skills and learn basic computing skills. There are twelve women in each six-monthly intake, as well as the occasional male attendee.

The course also supports Nonny’s bakery in Masiphumelele who provide lunch for the ladies each day. After lunch the practical classes start with each learner having their own sewing machine to work on. On successful completion of the course each learner gets to keep the machine hence there is a real incentive to keep attending. With the course fees completely covered by Masicorp, the program has become very popular in Masiphumelele.

At the end of each six-month course there is a graduation ceremony for the students. Graduation Day

Studying for the ICDL certificate in basic computer skills in the IT Lab in Masiphumelele Library

Computer Lab

At the Computer (IT) Lab in Masiphumelele Library Masicorp provides free training on essentials such as word processing and file management. We run at least two courses per year to allow students to gain an ICDL certificate in basic computer skills. This internationally recognised qualification enables people to certify their computer skills to an internationally recognised standard – a wonderful accompaniment to any CV.

ICDL certificate training takes place in twice-weekly sessions, with 15 students in each class. In these sessions we also provide attendees with the skills to confidently and professionally apply for job opportunities on-line. More...