SHARP Digital is closing its GlobalGiving project and will no longer be taking all your fabulous donations.
However, it isn't the end of SHARP Digital at all.
We are currently running two pilot projects across South Africa with 800 learners. It is an exciting time for us as we build digital inclusion in communities by training up Digital Inclusion Ambassadors to use our courses to open digital doors.
If you would like to continue supporting this non-profit, then we stil have an open account with PayFast where you can donate as much or as little as you would like, and also set up the donation to recur monthly.
THANK YOU so much for all your wonderful support.
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After taking our courses, learners say they now find it EASIER to use digital technology!
During the week of 17 May, we conducted a research study with 50 participants at our center in Zwelihle. They completed a pre-survey and our course on Women and Girls - The Power of Digital. They then completed a post-survey. On Friday, 10 of the participants joined us for a focus group to discuss the experience in greater detail. The data is still being evaluated but some of the highlights are detailed below.
Nearly 30% more participantssaid they now found digital technology and the Internetvery easyto use after doing just this course.
100% of participantsgave the learning experience5 out of 5 smiley faces
98% of participantssaid they wanted to domoreof SHARP Digital's course.
You have donated before. Your donation made a difference.
Donate AGAIN. Help us change people's lives and start to use the every day technology that we take for granted.
In South Africa, the digitally fluent few and the majority who are digitally excluded live in very different digital realities from each other. The gap is vast and because of the blind spot, very little is being done about it.
In addition to our every day work on the ground @ #grassroots, we are also working to shine a light on this problem.
And last week, we were given the opportunity to tell this story in a national newspaper.
See here: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2021-02-04-sa-has-a-huge-digital-blind-spot-and-its-holding-us-all-back/
SPREAD the word and SHARE the story. Ask your friends to support us too.
Remember, that while the World is focussed on the virus, this important poverty indicator quietly gets worse.
We are heading fast towards the two year anniversary of our organization. It was two years ago this month that we discussed the vision of creating mobile-based digital literacy courses for those who are not connected to the Internet or are struggling to use it. Since then we have tried out the concept in the community, moved and developed our courses so they work on smartphones or tablets. And now we are happily part of the EduMe family and using this fabulous micro-learning tool to open digital doors for 100s of young adults in South Africa.
Our latest news is:
1. Our new project in Sterkstroom in the Eastern Cape. One of our lockdown learners was so impressed with our courses, he is now promoting them in his community. He has already signed up nearly 50 learners and he has recently started using part of a community centre and providing internet and support to those who do not have a smartphone of their own.
2. Survey on digital in Zwelihle, Hermanus. We are running a small survey in the community in Zwelihle, Hermanus in the Western Cape. This is a pilot project designed to build awareness of what we are doing in the community, to potentially recruit learners, and to get some insight into digital access, skills and attitude in the community at the same time. There is a small team of volunteers who are keen to get involved and we are training them up to be the best enumerators.
3. Project with the Hermanus Red Cross. In addition to the digital survey above, we will also be running a short data collection project to help those involved in food distribution during this challenging COVID period collect the key information they need to demonstrate what they have been doing. The Hermanus Red Cross has donated SHARP Digital some money to help us do this. We have created a new course to support those who will be doing the data collection: COLLECT, SAVE and USE. AND we will be building the digital skills of more people in the community at the same time.
The one thing that holds us back is a lack of money. You can't change peoples' lives on thin air. And yet without these digital skills, many of these young people and adults are going to struggle to join the digital world that we take for granted.
We are very grateful for all your support during the last year and we are looking forward to sharing with you our progress going forward.
Since the World shutdown because of COVID-19, one thing that has become clear - it would have been awful without the Internet. And YET for millions, that has been their experience.
Since March, we have been running our courses from a distance and it has worked. Learners are signing up and doing the courses. And we are also building business to business (B2B) relationships around the country to help get our courses out there.
But our most exiiting news is we have been profiled by EduMe in their latest Blog. So to find out more, just read this:
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