The Telkom Foundation has partnered with the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (CDT) to unveil a community coding programme targeting the Alice community in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.
A fully equipped computer lab was handed over to Healdtown High School as part of a ceremony held at the Raymond Mhlaba centenary which was organized by the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.
As part of the programme Telkom has identified 25 unemployed youth within the community between the ages of 18 and 35 that have an IT background. The lucky chosen will attend a month-long coding initiative. Participants will receive laptops and software.
Sarah Mthintso, the Head of Telkom Foundation described the basis for Telkom’s mission as “meaningful and sustainable community upliftment.” According to Sarah, Telkom wanted to extend their contribution from simply supplying hardware, software, and an internet connection to offering knowledge and post-training support.
At the end of the programme candidates will gain the knowledge and skills required to move forward in the community.