“After each training session, people would come and thank me for giving them the knowledge that nobody could take away from them.”
Siphosethu Velapi, a 24-year-old graduate of the Walter Sisulu University in East London has seen ﬁrst hand the impact that the Microsoft training has had on teachers and young people at the Lenahof Vodacom ICT Centre In Pretoria.
“The majority of the teachers and youth people that attended my training sessions were computer illiterate. I had to teach them the basic stuff, from how to switch on computers to how to use keyboards, a mouse and touchpad before I could even begin with Microsoft Ofﬁce.”
Siphosethu has always been excited by technology and curious about what makes things work and sharing this passion with others was very rewarding experience for her.
“The most beautiful thing, one that makes me so proud of both myself and all the stakeholders that were involved in the project, was the smiles on the faces of the people that I trained. After each training session, people would come and thank me for giving them the knowledge that nobody could take away from them,” says Siphosethu.
Siphosethu cannot believe how much she has grown as a person through the internship.
“I was a vey shy person and couldn’t stand up and speak in front of a crowd but now I can do that. The programme has really boosted my conﬁ dence and speaking abilities and the knowledge I got of how to conduct myself in the workplace and talk to other people in the ofﬁ ce has all been so good,” says Siphosethu.
“This has been a wonderful experience because now I can teach, perform administrative work and offer technical support. I am a versatile professional now,” she concludes.