STUDYING at university is a dream for Mzansi youth.

While Nolwazi Ngubane, as with many other youngsters, never had a chance to study at varsity, she is happy to be arming herself through community skills development programmes.

This will improve her chances of securing a decent job.

Nolwazi, who lives in Pimville, Soweto, studies computer at the Pimville Skills Centre, which is organised by Mo-Afrika Itlhokomele Educational projects.

The free programmes are available in Pimville and Tladi in Soweto as well as Bochum in Limpopo.

Nolwazi, who always wanted to become a teacher, grabbed this opportunity with both hands.

She said: “I struggled to find a job last year. I managed to get a three-week merchandising job in December.

“I don’t want to spend the rest of my life doing piece jobs. Hence I’m here learning skills that can help me find a good job.”

After matric, Nolwazi couldn’t find work and her parents couldn’t afford to pay for her studies.

She said: “Without any skills or qualification, it’s difficult for anyone to find work.”

Mbongiseni “Super” Mtshali, marketing director at Mo-Afrika Itlhokomele, said they offer the following accredited programmes:

- Crime prevention and intervention:The crime prevention school educates youngsters about the negative impact of crime in families and communities.

- Internship:Graduates are placed at workplaces according to their qualifications.

- Artisan developments: These apprenticeships train 41 students as motor mechanics at the Fury Training Academy.

- Adult Basic Education and Training:This course promotes lifelong learning and personal development to enable adults to adapt successfully in the changing economic, social and political climate in Mzansi.)

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