Today we are focusing on our Computer Learning Centre (CLC) and Jan Barnard. Jan is our Computer Learning Centre (CLC) Supervisor and he and his team have delivered the National Certificate in Information Technology: End User Computing for the past two years at Khanyisa Church. During this period, we have run 3 courses – each course is six months long – ending in a wonderfully celebratory and hope-filled Graduation Ceremony.
As each of our courses has finished, a new cohort of eager learners has signed up for the next one AND for each new course the numbers have doubled – so we are obviously doing something right!
We teach the basic computer skills that are now so essential for almost any job and we relish taking on students of all ages, backgrounds and genders who have little or no experience at all with computers. The aim of this course is to grow each student’s self-confidence and hugely increase their employability.
The next course starts on the 10th June 2019 and ends on the 30th November 2019.
Jan writes: “I am very passionate about my students and the classes, I love to teach people about technology and to see how their mind and spirit expand as they start to understand computers and what they can do in the workplace. The highlight for me is to see my students succeed and their happiness at completion of their certificate and subsequent graduation. The Computer Learning Centre gave me the chance to combine not only my love for God but also my two passions for teaching and computers. I am able to teach people about computers, but also share my love for Jesus with my students.”
It is a joy for us at NewDay United to meet a clear need first in our learners, while also having the immense privilege of sharing the love of God with them and setting them on the path to a ‘new day’ in Him!
Here are some testimonials about the CLC courses, written by our graduates:
“There is a great need in our community for an understanding of computer literacy and I loved being a part of this great course – because it both equipped and empowered me, and also I now have the privilege of being a part of the NDU team!!”
Lizanne, CLC Graduate and NewDay United team member
“Hey – thanks to NewDay United, I now have skills to be able to pay it forward and now I also help with Hluma e-learning with the computer skills that I now have! What a privilege!”
(Hluma and e-learning are other NewDay United projects).
Avie, CLC Graduate and NewDay United Volunteer Team Member
“CLC has opened new doors for me because I am now able to capture data especially when I am doing home visits and delivering food parcels for our elderly in this community.”
Notha, CLC Graduate, NewDay United Sewing Enterprise Leader and Khanyisa Community Church volunteer caring for the aged
“The CLC was a safe haven for me, space where I could go and equip myself with basic computer skills and I also so enjoyed the company of the friends I made while I was there.”
Rimone, CLC Graduate and NewDay United Volunteer Team Member
“Before CLC, I had never used the computer before – the course has helped me because I can use it now especially with the work that I do. I’m able to write reports using a computer!!”
Thembeka, CLC Graduate, NewDay United Sewing Enterprise Leader and Khanyisa Community Church volunteer caring for the aged