Sarah, South Africa

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At first, Sarah was intimidated about computers and gadgets because she is a girl: “I thought I could not help the community with technology, but I was eager to learn and prove that I could do it.”

Sarah started attending classes at Siyafunda CTC in Ratanda, with the goals of getting an Intel® Learn Program Easy Steps certificate and then looking for work. Many girls may think this is the only goal of coming to learn about the internet and ignore how best they can apply it to their day to day life. After she finished the course, there were few job openings. Instead of waiting at home, she decided to apply her new skills as a volunteer at the Siyafunda CTC.

She began by typing letters and resumes, photocopying, faxing, and laminating. She worked very hard and learned to work with different people.

After 2 months of working hard in the Centre she was doing administration-and she did it very well. Next, she was trained to be a facilitator and received her Intel® Learn Program Easy Steps facilitator certificate. She says it was her happiest moment. Now, she is training other facilitators and was recently promoted to the general managing position. “I am very grateful and it is all thanks to the digital literacy training I learned in Intel® Learn Program Easy Steps.”

Also, to introduce little ones to digital literacy (Tech-kids), Sarah opened a day-care center that she believes will take her whole community to the new era.

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