Empower Educate Econnect Communities Through Access to ICTs

Details of the organization
Siyafunda Community Technology Center
South Africa
Civil society entities

Information about the project
Empower Educate Econnect Communities Through Access to ICTs
SIYAFUNDA CTC enables Information and Community Knowledge Centres, where people can access Computers, the Internet, and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information, create, learn, and communicate with others while they develop essential digital skills. The focus is on the use of digital technologies to support community, economic, educational, and social development—reducing isolation, bridging the digital divide, promoting health issues, creating economic opportunities, and reaching out to youth. SIYAFUNDA CTC establishes partnerships and relationships with multi-stakeholders; local governments & municipalities, private business organisations, community based organisations, schools, universities in delivering Community Technology Centres in previously disadvantaged areas, thereby making the vision a reality. SIYAFUNDA CTC provides the management and operational skills and capacity, in supporting sustainable projects and initiatives in uplifting communities by “bringing ICT to the communities”. This initiative also envisages skilling the youth, the unemployed, women, people with disabilities, thereby making them employable and alleviating unemployment by networking with recruitment agencies, government agencies and businesses, thus becoming an enabler for job creation. SIYAFUNDA CTC is a network hub for sustainable community knowledge centres of excellence in South Africa.
National implementation: South Africa
Ongoing from 02/01/2016 to 31/12/2020
200 Community Partners in rural and township areas of South Africa's previously disadvantegd and underserved communities. ITA, SAP, INTEL, CISCO, MICROSOFT, HCL, TARSUS, JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT, MASSMART Government MINISTRY OF POST & TELECOMS, CITY of EKURHULENI, MISNISTRY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY , GAUTENG SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, FREE STATE SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, GAUTENG PREMIER TSHEPO 1 MILLION JOB CREATION PROGRAMME Universities UNISA – University of South Africa UJ - University of Joburg UP - University of Pretoria VUT – Vaal University of Technology NWU – North West University University of South Australia / Texas University (3DVLE) REGENESYS GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY & UJ A digital platform to identify, showcase and connect community-driven social impact solutions, both to academics around the world and to each other. Using digital storytelling tools and a website designed to work on phones, tablets and computers, we will help solution-finders tell their stories and create an innovative platform to bridge a knowledge gap between communities and academia. Schools GDE – Gauteng Department of Education Government Schools Private Schools

WSIS information
* Information and communication infrastructure
  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
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