October 2017 marks 5 years since the Orlando Pirates Learning Centre was opened by our Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Over the past 5 years the October 2017 marks five years since the Orlando Pirates Learning Centre was opened by our Chairman Dr Irvin Khoza. Over the past five years the Learning Centre has grown from strength to strength, becoming a very successful hub for education in the community. The centre has worked with over 7000 young people to date helping them improve their skills in Maths, English and ICT as well as helping hundreds of teachers from 21 nearby schools empower themselves by improving their professional development and IT skills. Over 120 young adults who were unemployed have also benefitted from the centre by studying IT programmes accredited through CISCO to enable them to become more employable. The centre also adheres to the communities’ needs by delivering educational programmes which empower the community through education.
Some of the highlights of the past five years include:
International exchange programmes to England and Germany
Content partnerships with Microsoft, the Vodacom Foundation, Acer and CISCO
The launch of a second Learning Centre in Ratanda in partnership with Inqaba Yokulinda
Establishing a reading club programme at the centre
Holiday coding programmes which help students prepare for the workplace
Assisting hundreds of Matric pupils prepare for their final exams
Programmes to benefit the youth and educators from the Orlando Children’s Home
Based on the phenomenal success of the Learning Centre in Orlando, more Learning Centres have been planned nationwide. The Ratanda Centre was opened in May this year and has already been successful in working with over 200 beneficiaries. Later this year Orlando Pirates plan to open another centre in Umbumbulu in KwaZulu Natal and in early 2018 a fourth centre will open it’s doors in Tweeling in the Free State.
All the new centres are a result of the strong partnership the club has forged with the Inqaba Yokulinda Youth Organisation.