Training in basic computer skills provides
essential job-related skills and empowers disadvantaged
youths. Participants are better qualified and become productive
individuals in their communities. With the help and initial
donation of 10 Computers from a well wisher, WAMY established
the Abu Haniffah Institute of Research and development to
implement among other trainings, computer training for the
unemployed youth. The centre received a generous donation
of computers, printers and furniture from Ned bank after
its first graduation to boost its enrolments.
What is the issue, problem, or
Thousands of youths & young adults
in South Africa have never used a computer, let alone received
any basic training / education in Information Age skills.
Through this training, unemployed youths and school dropouts
will be able to become productively engaged and better qualified
to obtain jobs that were previously unqualified for. There
is a dire need for this form of training in our area.
How will this project solve this
Youth & young adults are provided with
affordable training in basic computer skills, office applications
& Internet. These skills are in high demand. Group interactions,
mentoring, discussions and question & answer sessions
help to reinforce learning.
Potential Long Term Impact
This training is transforming the lives
of participants as it broadens their options and offers
new opportunities. Youths & young adults become computer
literate and proficient and consequently viable and competitive
in the market place.
Since inception of this program in 2011,
156 learners completed the program and graduated with competent
certificates accredited by Microsoft during 2 graduation
programs which were held in May and November respectively.
Entrepreneurial Development Studies (EDS)
is a custom-built programme at WAMY. The course is a module
programme and compulsory for all students in the skills
development irrespective of the student’s chosen field
of study. It involves both spiritual and practical. The
operations of the programme are housed in the Centre for
Entrepreneurial Development Studies (CEDS) at 189 Clare
The Vision of the Centre:
The Vision of the Centre is to empower
skills development graduates entrepreneurially in a bid
to make them productive and contribute significantly toward
socio-economic and human development.
The Mission of the Centre:
To develop an entrepreneurial spirit, skills
and knowledge in the students and others in the external
context so as to empower them to become wealth creators.
To empower the entire community in a bid to alleviate poverty
in its entire ramification.
The Objectives of the Centre
The establishment of the Centre for Entrepreneurial
Development Studies is in line with the objectives of WAMY
and the Vision 2009 to 2014 to become a leader in Youth
development with tangible and durable impact on sustainable
development on communities.
The specific objectives include
• Creating and promoting entrepreneurial
awareness and opportunities;
• Imparting entrepreneurial skills in the students,
staff, and members of the external context in contact with
• Enhancing the capacity of potential and practicing
entrepreneurs who desire to learn practical skills that
will make them self–employed and self-dependent;
• Stimulating the development and growth of entrepreneurship
amongst poor communities
• Provision of market linkages;
• Mentoring of SMEs; and
• Offering supportive programmes to SME operators.
Activities of the Centre
The main activities of the Centre
are in three broad categories:
• Coordinating and teaching the theoretical
perspectives on entrepreneurship;
• Coordination of practical demonstrations in selected
Entrepreneurial fields; and
• Community impact and capacity building initiatives.
• WAMY will seek to collaborate with
any interested partners in Entrepreneurial fields
Many women from emerging communities have
low levels of education and training denying them access
to decent employment opportunities resulting in many of
them and their dependants trapped in extreme poverty.
With South Africa's unemployment rate as
high as 40 percent in terms of a broad definition, the accelerated
creation of sustainable small and micro enterprises is essential
both to economic growth and to future socio-political stability.
Skills development in emerging communities' has the potential
to create jobs, small businesses and alleviate poverty.
This can be done by channeling resources into disadvantaged
Skills development can offer women a path
out of poverty, as well as empower them to challenge unfair
gender relations. Financial self-sufficiency can give women
greater autonomy within the home, enabling them to renegotiate
household relationships and promote sound family growth.
With the above views, WAMY developed skills
development units based at 189 Clare Rd and Umlazi Islamic
centre. This program which started in 2008 was a result
of a research conducted by the social department of WAMY
which reviewed shocking findings in regards to social and
economical situation of women in emerging communities.
Since inception, Over 100 women have graduated and formed
cooperatives and are working hard to set up small businesses
and access funds to put their gained skills to good use.
The following skills are offered:
• Bead work
• Advanced Chocolate Making
• Flower arranging
• Computer literacy.