Empowering South Africa’s Youth through Digital Transformation

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is celebrated worldwide on 25 June each year.   This important day urges academic institutions, companies and individuals to promote universal connectivity and embrace digital transformation. “In the South African context, this day holds particular significance, as a means to unlock the potential of our youth through technology, embracing digital tools and acquiring new skills,” says Natalie Rabson, career counsellor at Boston City Campus.

Access to Digital ResourcesBoston focuses on providing opportunities to access technological resources.  Students at Boston have access to state-of-the-art technology-based training, and can study from anywhere, at any time.  

“With 47 branches throughout South Africa, our resources enable students to enjoy flexibility with their studies while having access to academic assistance from lecturers via video calling or other ICT enabled tools,” says Natalie.Moreover, students who prefer being with their peer group or need to use wifi and laptop facilities etc, can study at any of our 47 Support Centres nationwide.

Empowering South African youth In the South African context, the impact of information technology (IT) on driving sustainable growth is of utmost importance. The country faces a high unemployment rate, and the effective use of technology can play a crucial role in creating new opportunities and fostering economic development. By embracing IT we can unlock new avenues for job creation such as mobile IT technicians, sales of IT networking and Fibre set up, and even solar installations using apps for control and monitoring. IT skills empower our youth, and make a step towards addressing the pressing issue of unemployment.

“By equipping our youth with digital skills and providing them with access to gain technological skills, we can help them to unleash their potential and enable them to actively participate in the digital economy,” says Natalie. Empowerment in IT paves the way for innovation, entrepreneurship, and socioeconomic progress. 

Addressing Unemployment By providing training opportunities in IT fields, Boston aims to create a conducive environment for job creation. This not only benefits individuals but also drives overall economic growth and prosperity.The path to prosperity for South Africa runs through digital development. By providing access to infrastructure and upskilling opportunities, we can harness the power of technology to spur economic growth, improve education, and governance systems, and uplift quality of life in our country. 

Online learning Online learning is a game-changer! It opens up learning at scale, increasing educational opportunities for students and providing flexibility that enables more youth to enter tertiary education. Access to online resources breaks down barriers, creating a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape.

Boston has always relied on technology as an effective learning methodology. Technology ensures academic consistency, quality, delivery, validity of all materials and knowledge transfer.Students learn at their own time and their own pace, anywhere and anytime. Absent students do not miss lectures – they pick up where they left off. Learners who start with less understanding of a topic can repeat lectures until they are comfortable with the topic.

Upskilling our youthTo meet the demands of South Africa’s digital workforce, acquiring IT skills is crucial. In-demand skills include software development, cybersecurity, data analytics, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence. Focusing on these areas ensures that the workforce remains competitive and capable of driving the country’s digital transformation.

At Boston City Campus, we offer a wide selection of IT programmes, ranging from introductory level to more advanced. The IT certifications open many doors, including work as an Application Developer, Programming Specialist, Cloud Solutions Professional, Computer Technician, Network Support Technician, Cyber Security, CompTia and Microsoft, to name but a few.Boston has the honour of having been rated best tuition centre in Africa and 3rd Globally by CompTIA.By bridging the digital divide, empowering its youth, promoting employment through technology, and embracing online learning, the nation moves closer to realizing its potential and finding a path to provide employment,” concludes Natalie.

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