Locals in Mapodile and nearbry communities have acquired ICT skills. On Friday 12 July , Mapodile Public Library in Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality (FTLM) together with Limpopo Department of Sport Arts & Culture awarded 35 community elders and youth with computer attendance certificates.
In January 2019, Mapodile Public Library staff established a three-month free End-User Computing Program for their library users in the community. The ceremony was blessed by political representatives from FTLM.
This program like any other library programs is aimed at alleviating illiteracy in the society to assist the government in reaching National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 goals by improving Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills as an enabler of economic activity in a digital world.
In an effort to open economic opportunities for these community members who participated in the program, they are equipped with attendance certificates.
The program also exposed students to topics such as understanding Graphic User Interface (GUI), designing company logos using common programs such Microsoft Office Word/Libre Office Writer and other Information Technology related functions.
The Librarian Kholofelo Kola who spearheaded the designing and implementation of this program was encouraged to close an ICT skills gap identified in both youth and elders as librarians are naturally tasked to tackle illiteracy in our societies.
“Most of our youth still don’t have skills to adequately access, share and evaluate information on the internet using technological means while we have libraries at the heart of our society. Existence of public libraries contribute to the development of a literate and independent community members who are able to compete economically by using technology,” Kola said.
Community Portfolio Head Councillor Maria Mashego commended FTLM Sport Art and Culture Manager Hendrick Coetzer and librarians for supporting such initiative in equipping community members with relevant IT skills. She also encouraged students on the importance of education, to study further.
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