Learning continues in the ICDL course
Over the years, Masicorp’s aim has always been to provide education to the community of Masiphumelele. The times we currently find ourselves in have made it challenging to continue meeting that need as we have had to temporarily close or adapt our programmes to protect our beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past few months, our programme teams quickly responded to these difficult circumstances and are now providing ‘’Let’s Keep Learning’’ packs of worksheets or data vouchers to children so they may continue to benefit from our education programmes.
One of the affected programmes has been our ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) course, which was put on hold only a few weeks after our new ICDL centre on the grounds of Chasmay Campus was opened. This 6 month-long advanced computer course is internationally accredited and opens up opportunities for employment for the learners, which made it devastating when we had to halt all learning.
Our ICDL training team have recently taken the approach of online learning to make sure trainees are able to continue their modules during the lockdown. Students are sent tutorial videos via Whatsapp, which are then recorded using Zoom to capture movement on the screen. The learners then watch and follow in order to learn the computer skills they need to pass the course and return their work for marking and review. Currently, 15 Trainees are being helped through their modules in this way.
This innovative move to digital platforms is another way in which Masicorp is trying to continue to support our students by providing education despite these unique circumstances we are all facing. We will continue pushing to make sure that learning continues while also protecting our beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Safe collections of ICDL textbooks with strict hygiene procedures have taken place and we have already started putting measures in place that will protect our staff and trainees when our training centre is allowed to re-open.
To help support our Let’s Keep Learning initiative, please visit https://www.masicorp.org/lets-keep-learning/. Your contribution towards these programmes during lockdown will ensure we are able to continue our effort to educate and train the people of Masi – ‘Let us succeed!’’