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Social development 21 April 2020

Standard Bank offers free digital literacy course

Standard Bank offers a free online Microsoft Digital Literacy Course to all South Africans in partnership with Pioneering Solutions Studio.

The course focusses on everything from basic knowledge on how to use a computer and the Internet, to keeping yourself and your computer safe online and how to use the most common Microsoft productivity software applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

This online course is open to all South Africans during and post the temporary disruption of learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It explores a range of digital skills and practices over four key modules, providing the learner with the ability to utilise technology to interact with world around them.

To register, learners will need a device, such as a phone, tablet or computer, with internet connectivity, a valid email address, together with their South African ID number. Learners that do not have an email address can register for a free Microsoft Outlook email account from the platform. Upon completion they will be issued with a Microsoft Imagine Academy certificate. This certificate will allow South African’s to claim recognition of prior learning in Digital Literacy at any institution of higher learning.

According to United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), there are nearly 1.4 billion students globally who can’t attend school and university as a result of COVID-19. Millions of people around the world are also unable to work as a result of quarantine and lockdowns.

In its latest Global Shapers Report, the World Economic Forum referred to online learning as the future of education and, according to StatsSA’s most recent Labour Force Survey, upskilling courses significantly increase the likelihood of employment, with more employers favouring employees that have had continuous development as professionals.

In today’s digital world, nearly every career requires digital communication at some point, so at Standard Bank we believe that equipping yourself with the skills to effectively and responsibly find, evaluate, communicate, and share online content is key to your future. You need a certain level of digital literacy to turn on your computer so that you can connect with loved ones but require different skills to locate and complete an online job application. Standard Bank wants you to be digital literacy savvy, whether you bank with us or not.

The course will continue to be available post the lockdown period. To learn more about the Microsoft Digital Literacy course – visit learn section on the Standard Bank website.