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The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is calling on young people to enrol in the training programmes offered as part of the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI).
The DBE explained that these programmes would allow the participants to gain competencies in several learning areas related to the fourth industrial revolution 4IR and digitisation.
Education assistants and general school assistants must enrol in the three-day course on digital literacy, online privacy, misinformation and disinformation, fact-checking, digital tools and advocacy and making change.
The optional five-week course offered by NEMISA will include digital literacy, an introduction to Microsoft Office, and an Introduction to cybersecurity and digital technology. Upon completion of this course, participants will receive an accredited qualification.
“The skills, knowledge and competencies gained through these training is invaluable in the twenty-first century. These are also the kind of skills that are portable across a wide range of jobs. The skills are also usable in daily life, especially in an era where most services are being digitised. Further to that, the future of work is in digitisation” explained the department.
It’s important to note that the course comes at no cost. It is free for youth to enrol and participate. The DBE added that they have also made provisions for the youth to access the internet at schools so they can participate in the course.
The DBE launched the BEEI as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) in the final months of 2024. Through the BEEI, the department has created 830 000 work opportunities over the programmes’ three phases.
Youth were employed as education assistants and general school assistants. It has since been revealed that 63% of participants who were part of the BEEI were women.
“The Ministry further requests youth placed in schools to seize all opportunities offered during their placement, be it information about bursaries, scholarships, employment or funding for entrepreneurship opportunities” concluded the department.