Our world is being disrupted by new technologies across every industry. Imagine in this context, what it must mean for the person who has never used a computer- the likelihood of finding work? At Afrika Tikkun's 5 Centres, we provide access to computers from an early age. Disadvantaged young people become computer literate, learn to code and use the internet to enhance their skills and find work. But many of our computers are broken, and we need your help to ensure this service can be provided.
Youth unemployment statistics in South Africa currently sit at a staggering 55,9%. Access to technology is a huge problem. Our computer labs service thousands of young people. But there are not enough computers in each lab, and many are over five years old and very slow. We need new computers to grant young people the opportunity to access the wider world and gainful employment.
With new computers in our 5 Centres, based in Diepsloot, Alexandra, Braamfontein, Orange Farm and Mfuleni, young people will have access to basic computer training. Alongside Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, our beneficiaries will have access to online courses, coding programmes, and most importantly internet access to search for jobs.
New computers in our labs will equip young people with IT skills and knowledge to go out in to the working world on equal footing with their privileged counterparts. Through giving access to internet and technology, disadvantaged people are empowered to be independent and strive to find new opportunities for themselves.