The University of Venda (UNIVEN) is collaborating with University of Limpopo (UL) on a mandate by National Electronic Media Institute of South Africa (Nemisa) to e-skill the public. The project has a potential to benefit not only UNIVEN students but also the surrounding community. UL is currently running three programmes (Digital Literacy, Unemployed Youth Programme and Teacher Programme). These programmes are not only offered to students but immensely benefiting the entire Limpopo province. Amongst those beneficiaries are people from Vhembe area, a catchment area that UNIVEN can penetrate more than UL. 

Mr Hlozi Maluleke from University of Limpopo facilitates to UNIVEN trainers 

After a meeting that was held at UNIVEN on 13 July 2018 between the two universities, UNIVEN took a decision to pilot the project with the Digital Literacy Programme. From 18 February to 22 February 2019, UL visited UNIVEN to train UNIVEN‘s prospect trainers for a digital literacy programme that will be rolled out soon at UNIVEN. 

The programme doesn’t specifically teach students specific computer skills but also focuses on a particular context such as an Entrepreneurship module that teaches students on how to develop a business plan while they also learn how to use applications like MS Word. Eleven students were identified from Computer Science and Information Systems as well as Business Information Systems Degrees and were equipped with facilitation skills. The training was a success and these students will train first year students on digital literacy. 

Ms Tabani Njaba, training officer at Univen taking some notes during the training. 

“Once planning has been finalized an invitation will be extended to the University’s first year students. Those students are advised to grab this opportunity with both hands,” Said Univen Training Officer, Ms Tabani Njaba. 

Facilitators from UL and UNIVEN’s ICT Training Officer Ms Tabani Njaba (3rd from left) pose for photo with the students after training session. 

(Front Row) L-R: Mr William Gafane, Ms Onndwela Mushezha, Mr Ronewa Nthatheni, Ms Tabani Njaba, Dr Farivar Rahimi, Mr Andrew Scholtz and Mr Hlozi Maluleke. 

(Back Row) L-R: Mr Nduvho Madzivhandila, Fulufhelo Mukwevho, Mr Shylock Mapose, Ngwaneni Mathusa, Mr Mulweli Ramulifho, Mr Brian Maduvhadzi, Ms Shandukani Mashau and Mr Lufuno Tshidada 

Dr Farivar Rahimi and Andrew Scholtz from UL joined the training on the last day. 

Issued by: 

Department of Communications & Marketing 

University of Venda 

Tel: (015) 962 8525 
Date: 26 March 2019 

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