In an increasingly digital world, equipping students with ICT skills is critical. With funding assistance from the Goethe Institut, the eThekwini Municipality Digital Skills in Schools Project aimed to address the ICT skills gap among the youth in the township and rural areas in South Africa. The project focused on enhancing students’ digital skills and encouraging them to explore their history and culture through digital storytelling.
In township and rural schools of the eThekwini Municipality, there was a distinct lack of opportunities for students to acquire ICT skills. Additionally, many students had limited exposure to their own history and culture. The project aimed to tackle these issues by providing digital skills training and encouraging students to delve into their cultural heritage.
The project was rolled out in four township and rural schools, two in the second semester of 2011 and two in the first semester of 2012. It consisted of a task-based section and an online e-learning component.