Siyathuthuka is the Zulu translation for "We are growing up",
and is an Accenture Corporate Social Initiative (CSI) program
to provide basic computer literacy lessons to less privileged communities.
The program has been operational since 1998, currently serves
participants in Soweto, Kagiso, Woodmead (Harrowdene), Centurion,
Cape Town, KZN (Msinga. Uitval, Pinetown), Limpopo (Seritarita, Matanta,
Davhana), and Mpumalanga and has an aggressive strategic objective to
serve 800 students in 16-20 communities throughout Africa by 2015.
The primary objective of the program is to position learners for growth by providing skills in Microsoft Office applications in an interactive classroom environment.
Whilst Siyathuthuka alone cannot ensure that participants skills that make them immediately employable, it provides the stepping stone for further education and learning, and training in basic computing / life skills coaching such as communication, job applications, CV writing and interviews, etc. are also provided and is vital to the success of those who go through the program - this content is aligned to the computer skills component (e.g. Budgeting skills are demonstrated, and coupled with a lesson in Microsoft Excel).
Skills development is a key requirement for economic growth in South Africa,
and especially for the economic empowerment of the previously disadvantaged majority.
Siyathuthuka seeks to provide a lever which can be applied to help address this
need and the gap in skills.
Bridging the digital divide (i.e. the gap in access to computers and digital content, the internet and related technologies) by providing individuals with the basic skills to achieve their potential and contribute positively to the economy of South Africa.
Financial backing is required from the Accenture Foundation, Governmental agencies, and other like-minded corporate organisations etc. to achieve the complete vision of Siyathuthuka.
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