Factoid: South Africa is faced with a crisis of high and rising youth unemployment. Throughout the country, only 1 in 3 young people of working age is employed. This distressing statistic not only plays out through the limited earnings potential and future prospects of these youth, but also emerges within stymied business growth.
In order to place more youth in jobs, sectors need to bring their unique skills to bear while complementing one another’s efforts: … training providers can focus more on skills, including job-readiness skills.
--Excerpt from report funded by The Rockfeller Foundation
Project Managers: Jonathan Novotny, Natalie Emery
Code for Change (C4C) [formerly “Change the World Trust”] specializes in delivering free coding and IT training to unemployed youth and secondary students in disadvantaged communities.
- IT Training Centers: C4C operates IT Training centers in Johannesburg, Diepsloot and Cape Town, South Africa and Maputo, Mozambique. Certified as both Microsoft and Cisco Academies, each center provides free and/or subsidized IT training 5-days a week for underprivileged youth. Courses offered include IT and soft skills as well as advanced PC Technician training. The focus is on real time, practical training, facilitating an efficient integration into the work force. In 2012 a franchise model was launched to empower youth-centric nonprofit organizations in providing professional skills development programs. Through this model, C4C is offering accreditation, training for new trainers and ensuring quality examinations and implementation. Two new centers are successfully operating in Gauteng province under the C4C umbrella.
- Connecting Leaders: A comprehensive Teacher Training Program, Connecting Leaders was designed to motivate and empower teachers in difficult and under-resourced schools. The program includes classes in leadership, classroom management and basic computer training. Core objectives aim to equip teachers with leadership expertise and practical training; provide quality Basic IT training; improve their access to resources, and offer ongoing mentoring and community support.
- STEPs Program – Raise em’ Right: C4C secures sponsorship for the STEPs Program - Raise em’ Right, distributing a comprehensive character building curriculum to under-served primary schools throughout South Africa. The curriculum was originally created by educators in Africa, and is a wealth of teacher and student resources, aids, storytelling and activities with the goal of instilling and reinforcing positive moral values for kids.
- Underprivileged Children: Additionally, C4C organizes special events and coordinates goods donations to institutions caring for orphans and underprivileged children.