Leadworks Foundation Community Knowledge Center awarded certificates to 280 students, who have completed their studies, on 3 July at Cosmo City’s Multipurpose.
The awarded students have completed their studies in Basic Computer Skills, Job Readiness and Office admin Leadworks Foundation in a non-profit organization which primarily aims at youth development and through education and information sharing. It has been supported by the City of Johannesburg to offer free skills training to the youth of Cosmo City for three months.
Speaking during the ceremony, the founder of Leadworks Foundation founder, Mustaf Makaudi, congratulated the students for excelling in their studies.
“They have done well and we have awarded them certificates,” he said. “It is always a good thing to see people gaining knowledge, especially in computers. Studying also keeps the youth away from the streets where they could find themselves doing harmful things. We would like the program to continue in order to uplift the Cosmo City Community.”
Makaudi also said they were engaging with organisations like National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) In order to bring developmental projects to Cosmo City.
Tshepiso Maseko, who also received a certificate, said she enjoyed a good academic journey while studying under Leadworks Foundation.
“I finished my matric last year and when I joined Leadworks Foundation, I had little knowledge about computers,” she said. “Now, I can do a lot of things with a computer and I am ready to go for an office job. I think Leadworks Foundation is doing a good job to uplift the youth in Cosmo City.”
Google South Africa and City of Joburg Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Community development, Nonhlahla Sifumba launched the city’s E-Learning program at the Cosmo City Library on Friday 3 August 2018. The program was created by the City to make access to education easier for the youth in the city. MMC for community development said ‘’in order for the city to tackle both unemployment and poverty, we need to implement programs that target the youth and are especially made for them’’.
Google South Africa is the South African version of Google, the information can be searched in other South African languages. E-Learning is the use of technology to create, deliver, assist and support learning; the term covers a wide set of applications such as mobile, computer and web based learning.
The program provides online training which will assist the youth with entrepreneurship skills. It is available for free in all 7 regions and 12 libraries which are Cosmo City, Ivory Park, Sandton, Diepsloot, Alexandra, Westbury, Jabulani, Emndeni, Joburg City, Eldorado Park, Portjie and Orange farm. To access the program the will be required to register with an email address at their nearest library. The program has employed 12 unemployed youth from the regions that will be responsible for recruiting youths to register for the E-Learning; the employed will be given a stipend for 12 months. The program will help with the employability of the youth, it will contribute towards creating employment opportunities for the youth, and it will give people access to digital technology within the youth. It will give the youth access to knowledge and the economy and contribute towards decreasing unemployment in previously disadvantaged youth.
For more information please visit the Cosmo City Library at Multipurpose
The African National Congress Women’s League Young Women’s Desk (ANCWL YWD) led a march against Gender Based Violence (GBV) which took place in all nine provinces on 1 August 2018. The marches began from different sites of authority like police stations, courts, provincial departments of safety and Premiers Offices. The main march in Gauteng began from Constitutional Hill at 9am and ended at Chief Albert Luthuli House. Gender based violence is when crimes like sexual assault, harassment, human trafficking, domestic abuse, genital mutilation, and forced prostitution to name a few are perpetrated against someone based on gender.
Feziwe Ndwayana of the ANCWL YWD spoke of the challenges of GBV, solutions have to come from different levels in government, they have to address the current positions of women both economically and socially in South Africa.
‘’ GBV needs all people including (police, government and legislation) to come up with solutions that will address the problem. It is a challenge in the system that goes hand in hand with women in poverty; black women are still the most underpaid group of people as compared to women of other colours in the same sectors (mining). We need laws that will protect women; people that work in the various institutions (police that understand GBV) so that victims are protected from further trauma. ‘‘Ndwayana said
The ANCWL YWD ran a successful name and shame campaign to try and end the silence behind Gender Based Violence. In this campaign they shamed men who had been found guilty of any form of GBV. They seek to address the problem with on-going programs like throughout 2018, and in 2019 new action plans will be discussed such as the journal system, where victims of GBV keep diaries to document whenever GBV occurs so they have evidence when a case is opened. At work they should follow platforms accessible to them should GBV occur in the workplace.
To report instances of GBV please contact your local police station.