The Emfuleni Library and Information Service comprises two eLearning centres at the Residensia Library and Sharpeville Library. Each eLearning centre has ten computers with access to NetDimensions Learning in order to provide a selection of 30 Skillsoft online IT and business readiness courses. Gavin Olivier, Partner and Managing Executive at LRMG says the courses offer a highly-personalised learning environment with individual development plans, competencies, licenses, and certifications.
High unemployment rates and computer literacy requirements in the workplace are driving the growth in demand for Emfuleni’s eLearning centres. “Some of the learners who completed the courses at our eLearning centres have already been employed by companies such as Makro and PwC,” comments Marina Van Wyk, Manager of the Emfuleni Library and Information Service and winner of the LIASA (Library and Information Association of South Africa) 2013 Librarian of the Year.
“Through the Emfuleni Library and Information Service, Emfuleni Local Municipality hopes to eradicate poverty by encouraging lifelong learning within the community,” she says.
“Our staff and volunteers are not technology savvy, so we needed a Learning Management System that is extremely user friendly. NetDimensions Learning is easy to use, which contributes to the growing utilisation of our eLearning centers,” says Van Wyk.
Olivier says NetDimensions and LRMG also contributed to the success of the Emfuleni Local Municipality’s GRAP 17 project to create an inventory list and verify the content for more than 600,000 books in the Emfuleni libraries. “This project was very labour intensive and required approximately 140 project members to fulfill the work. The eLearning centres were used to identify and train competent community members to staff the project,” he says.
“We are delighted to be working with NetDimensions and Emfuleni Municipality on this initiative which provides the community with the education so essential to create job opportunities and improve the quality of life of these individuals,” says Olivier, reminding us of the words of the late Nelson Mandela - Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world.