IT Skills Training for Parents
Krugersdorp High School joined
the Knowledge Network Partner Schools Programme over 3 years ago.
Since then the relationship between Krugersdorp High
School and Knowledge Network has been most successful, with learners
technological knowledge increasing at a dramatic rate. Learners are filled with enthusiasm
over the programme, and educators are both amazed and pleased at the results they are
seeing in their learners.
Marié Germeshuizen, Executive Member of the Krugersdorp
High School Governing Body, recently noticed a need within the community which should be
addressed: many parents of learners at Krugersdorp High School are showing a marked
interest in what their children are learning during their Information Technology classes.
Yet whilst parents are thrilled at their childrens
progress, they simultaneously display a concern about their own lack of technological
knowledge. Marié says: "Parents are feeling left behind by their children; they too
want to understand technology."
Marié Germeshuizen decided to begin an initiative to
extend the opportunity to learn with Knowledge Network, to parents of Krugersdorp
High School and the community.
Marié has launched the first of a number of Knowledge
Network programmes designed specifically for adults, called "Computers for
Beginners". In this course adults will learn skills which will not only give them
sound technological knowledge and help them to understand what their children are
learning, but will empower them in the workplace.
The Knowledge Network Computer Courses are designed
to equip people to confidently use the computer as a personal productivity tool. The
courses are focussed and project-based.
Projects include business presentations, quotes, proposals
and a variety of spreadsheet applications and graphs. People will find themselves
undertaking projects which will be directly applicable to their daily lives, thus not only
equipping them with technological skills, but nuturing their ability to problem-solve,
think laterally and creatively. Projects put people into "real life" work
Knowledge Network courses for adults are available to
schools under licence. Schools such as St Benedict's, Beaulieu Preparatory School, Halfway
House Primary School and Tom Newby School offer Knowledge Network courses to their parent
body and to members of the community.
Marié is a trained
mentor in the Knowledge Network ILAMM learning methodology: people learn through an outcomes-based, hands-on approach.
Through this practical approach learning becomes accelerated whilst giving people full
confidence to complete necessary tasks.
To find out how other people feel about the valuable
skills they have gained through Knowledge Network, as well as the number of school
learners who have who gone on to undertake challenging business ventures, visit the
Knowledge Network web site on www.knowledgenetwork.co.za.