Since 2016, Awqaf SA has supplied computers to a network of PC Labs across the Western Cape. The aim of this project is to empower learners and bridge the digital divide that exists in our communities.
Since 2016 Awqaf SA have been rolling out PC labs and the following institutions have been the primary focus of this project:
- Community Centres
- Women shelters
The computers at these sites will help facilitate skills development projects in order to bridge the digital divide that exists across South Africa. Many recipient learners come from less fortunate communities and do not have access to personal computers and this project will address that need.
Some of the sites include the following areas:
- Ihata Shelter, Heideveld
- Maddrasa tul Madina, Mitchells Plain
- York Road, next to Shukrul Mubeen Masjid, Lansdowne
- Masjidul Rawbie, Portlands
- Darul Arqam High School
- Al Azhar High School
Two of the Awqaf SA PC Labs sites, namely Maddrasa tul Madina in Mitchells Plain and the York Road site at Shukrul Mubeen Masjid, Lansdowne were used for the Africa Code Week.
What is Africa Code Week?
Africa Code Week aims at empowering future generations with the coding tools and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce. Learners were exposed to a basic programming code called Scratch and this was a fun and interactive method of exposing learners to Information Technology.
The sessions were conducted for one week in over 30 countries where more that 1000 workshops were held and 150, 000 youth and children benefitted.
Rogeema Kenny who is an Engineer by profession, was a facilitator in the Western Cape region. These training workshops took place across the African continent from 15 October 2016 to 23 October 2016, where learners and youth were exposed to coding skills. Visit Africa Code Week to find out more
Awqaf SA in partnership with African Muslims Agency furnished the Al Azhar high school in Athlone with 30 laptops. This joint project ensured that Grade 12 learners could observe their CAT curriculum which was dependant on the sponsored hardware.