Community & lifelong learning
Education – the route out of poverty
Many adults in Masiphumelele have not had the advantage of good schooling so Masicorp provides funding and teaching staff to help them gain the skills they need to get jobs or start their own business.
At the Chasmay Road site, Masicorp, working in partnership with Evangeline Ministries, provides a ‘Life Skills’ course for women with little or no previous education. The course takes six months and teaches Basic English, Computer and Sewing Skills. All these topics are highly relevant to the women’s everyday lives and the course helps them gain self-confidence and a pride in their own work.
Each morning the women are tutored to improve their English language skills and learn basic computing skills. There are twelve women in each six-monthly intake, as well as the occasional male attendee.
The course also supports Nonny’s bakery in Masiphumelele who provide lunch for the ladies each day. After lunch the practical classes start with each learner having their own sewing machine to work on. On successful completion of the course each learner gets to keep the machine hence there is a real incentive to keep attending. With the course fees completely covered by Masicorp, the program has become very popular in Masiphumelele.
At the end of each six-month course there is a graduation ceremony for the students. Graduation Day