North Crest School Centre of Excellence Rotary Project

During 2011 a partnership was forged between North Crest Primary School (6 Benbow Road, Durban North)   and the Rotary Club of Durban North. The objectives agreed included the establishment of an Adult Literacy Centre. With assistance from several donors the schools computer room was upgraded, a suitable software package was purchased and the training of eager adult learners began. The programme is staffed by volunteers from the Durban North Rotary Club as well as members of the Durban North community.

Delegates receiving their certificate of attendance
Delegates receiving their certificate of attendance

On offer is an English Literacy course is aimed at people who have a basic understanding of English and would like to improve their reading, writing and speaking skills.  As the programme is computer based, it offers students the opportunity to work on computers while increasing their English skills.

Happy Delegates
Happy Delegates

The programme has been extended to include a basic Computer Literacy course, for which there is clearly a need in the broader community, and which has proved to be very popular. This course introduces learners to the basics of computer hardware as well as to Word and Excel. At present we have 16 regular attendees.

There are 2 different courses which are held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:30 to 4.00pm. The Introduction to Computers course covers: a basic understanding of Hardware and Software; Operating systems; File management and an introduction to Microsoft Office Word.  The Microsoft Intermediate Course covers: Intermediate Word; Basic Excel (spread sheets); Basic PowerPoint and Setting up and using a Gmail account.

In 2014 the Rotary Club further extended the programme by offering a 8-week Life Skills Programme. The classroom adjoining the Computer Room has been upgraded with new chairs and desks suitable for adult learning and it has been equipped with a screen, data projector. In addition it has been carpeted and blinds and an air conditioner installed.

Life Skills Course Facilitators
Life Skills Course Facilitators (Left to Right) Peter Coutts, Colin Vermaak, Sam Mkhize, Lance Gold, Glenda Slade and Jason Stevens

This programme runs for 3 hours on Saturday mornings over the 8 week period. It is staffed by volunteers from Rotary and the community and includes subjects such as:

Personal Life Planning; Teamwork; Conflict Handling; Presentation Skills; Communication; Leadership; Interpersonal Skills; Getting into the Job Market.

The purpose of the programme is to provide attendees with core skills to enable and empower them to live the life they envisage for themselves. There has been a very positive response from the approximately 50 “graduates” from this programme.

Attendees receive an attendance certificate once they have attended all 8 sessions.

If anyone is interested in participating in any of the above Adult Literacy, Computer Literacy or Life Skills programmes please contact the school on 031 5643533 or email

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