Siyafunda CTC

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

Information about the project
Siyafunda CTC
As a part of the cooperation with the Intel Corporation within its She Will Connect initiative, the Siyafunda Community Centres offer members of the public access to computers and the Internet. According to the organisation, the facilities are focused on e-skills development for socio-economic development and also look to promote health issues. Siyafunda lists 200 centres spread across Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, the North West, Northern Cape and Free State, with more facilities expected in SA's remaining provinces. Intel will use the centres as part of the She Will Connect initiative. Intel SA has launched an initiative to improve Internet access for local women, with the company introducing its "She Will Connect" programme, which will partner with other organisations in a bid to boost e-skills. The programme is part of the company's global effort to reduce the Internet gender gap by using a combination of digital literacy training, online peer networks, and gender-relevant content in a bid to bring millions of women online. Intel says the initiative will start in sub-Saharan Africa, where the company notes the access gap is the greatest. The programme aims to eventually enable young women to access health, government, and educational information, economic opportunities, and gender-specific resources by expanding their understanding and use of technology. It will integrate training into gender and development programmes in shared computing environments, using interactive learning platforms where women can access hardware, software, Internet connectivity, and ongoing support. The focus on training young women is geared towards having a "multiplier effect" – expanding opportunities for families, communities and nations. Intel has partnered with non-government organisations, such as the Siyafunda Community Technology Centres, South African Women Entrepreneurs' Network and SchoolNet. The She Will Connect program is designed to expand digital literacy skills of young women in developing countries. Intel Corporation, working with multiple NGO partners and governments, is committed to reach 5 million women to help reduce the gender gap in technology.
National implementation: South Africa
Ongoing from 01/01/2014 to 31/01/2018
200 Community Partners in South Africa's previously disadvantaged and underserved rural and township areas. INTEL

WSIS information
* Capacity building
  • 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 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
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