Oct 13, 2020

Nearly reached 500 people!

Hi supporters and friends

We are heading fast towards the two year anniversary of our organization. It was two years ago this month that we discussed the vision of creating mobile-based digital literacy courses for those who are not connected to the Internet or are struggling to use it. Since then we have tried out the concept in the community, moved and developed our courses so they work on smartphones or tablets. And now we are happily part of the EduMe family and using this fabulous micro-learning tool to open digital doors for 100s of young adults in South Africa.

Our latest news is:

1. Our new project in Sterkstroom in the Eastern Cape. One of our lockdown learners was so impressed with our courses, he is now promoting them in his community. He has already signed up nearly 50 learners and he has recently started using part of a community centre and providing internet and support to those who do not have a smartphone of their own. 

2. Survey on digital in Zwelihle, Hermanus. We are running a small survey in the community in Zwelihle, Hermanus in the Western Cape. This is a pilot project designed to build awareness of what we are doing in the community, to potentially recruit learners, and to get some insight into digital access, skills and attitude in the community at the same time. There is a small team of volunteers who are keen to get involved and we are training them up to be the best enumerators. 

3. Project with the Hermanus Red Cross. In addition to the digital survey above, we will also be running a short data collection project to help those involved in food distribution during this challenging COVID period collect the key information they need to demonstrate what they have been doing. The Hermanus Red Cross has donated SHARP Digital some money to help us do this. We have created a new course to support those who will be doing the data collection: COLLECT, SAVE and USE. AND we will be building the digital skills of more people in the community at the same time. 

The one thing that holds us back is a lack of money.   You can't change peoples' lives on thin air. And yet without these digital skills, many of these young people and adults are going to struggle to join the digital world that we take for granted.

We are very grateful for all your support during the last year and we are looking forward to sharing with you our progress going forward. 

Jun 17, 2020

SPOTLIGHT on...SHARP Digital!!!

Hi everyone

Since the World shutdown because of COVID-19, one thing that has become clear - it would have been awful without the Internet. And YET for millions, that has been their experience. 

Since March, we have been running our courses from a distance and it has worked. Learners are signing up and doing the courses. And we are also building business to business (B2B) relationships around the country to help get our courses out there. 

But our most exiiting news is we have been profiled by EduMe in their latest Blog. So to find out more, just read this:

https://edume.com/blog/spotlight-on-sharp-digital

So tell people what we are doing and encourage people to keep supporting us. We cannot do this on fresh air alone!

Feb 27, 2020

We cannot do it alone!

Joel Martins and Pinky Khowa (the Zwelihle team)
Joel Martins and Pinky Khowa (the Zwelihle team)

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

“The beauty of our courses is you do NOT need trained trainers to facilitate the learning. All you need is an Internet connection, a few tablets or smartphones, some keen learners and someone to answer questions if necessary.” Joel Martins, Project Officer

For SHARP Digital, 2020 is the year of building partnerships and sharing our courses with other community-based organisations so they use them with their own clients.

We have already started

At the beginning of March, we are setting up two project workers from the Hermanus Rainbow Trust in Zwelihle to be able to use our courses themselves. They will then run our courses through their ParentWorx programme which focusses on skills development and job readiness in the Zwelihle community.

We have also moved our content to a new micro-learning App called EduMe. The support we’ve been getting from this company is phenomenal and we are looking forward to developing this promising relationship into the future.

And, as strategic partners with the Local Economic Development team in the Overstrand Municipality, we will be running regular weekly workshops in the local community hall.

Together we can do so much more

SHARP Digital is a tiny organization with a BIG plan. But we cannot do it alone.

SO tell your friends and share our stories. And remember that even a small donation is a GREAT donation!

 
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