NEMISA develops e-skills capacity in South Africa by creating a partnership framework that guides e-skills initiative. Developing e-skills is an enormous project and needs partnerships, with government, business, education, civil society, labour and international stakeholders.
The globally recognised collaborative model:
- Addressing e-skills interventions through teaching and learning, research, innovation, monitoring and evaluation, and aggregation
- Acting as a leader and national catalyst for developing e-skills In south Africa
- Playing an advocacy role in developing users, consumers and citizens within the information and knowledge-based environment
NEMISA’s partnership framework and collaboration methodology
Working within the NEMISA partnership framework offers the following:
- Maximises impact, avoids duplication and maximises the use of infrastructure and resources – through coordination and through working together
- The ability to conduct research on identified gaps across industry, populations and geography so that there is national increased impact
- Alignment to individual organisation and sector priorities, as well as national priorities (such as the inclusion of marginalised people like women, the disabled, and the youth)
- Access to academic research for evidence-based and informed decision making on e-skills, as well as research opportunities
- Academic and partner feedback around e-skilling methodologies for the South African environment – the provincial e-Skills CoLabs and partners pilot and research different methodologies, as well as creating e-skills courses and curricula
- National, provincial and community level access
- NEMISA is a central office that coordinates nationally and globally.
- The e-Skills CoLabs, based at universities, coordinate on a provincial level. There are currently 7 e-Skills CoLabs plus NEMISA in-house training. However, there will ultimately be 9, correlating to the 9 South African provinces.
- The e-Skills CoLabs are developing a community e-centre network across the country. This allows for interaction and coordination at a local community level.
- Mechanism to show overall impact through aggregation (combining all the initiatives)
- A single cohesive point to develop a national advocacy and awareness platform around the role and importance of e-skills – to people, communities, government, business, civil society, and education
NEMISA is leader and national catalyst for developing e-skills (digital skills) in South Africa – to the benefit of the whole population.