On June 27, 2011, the GROW Academy will launch its first attack with an initial pilot ‘Boot Camp’ in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

The purpose of the Boot Camp is to provide the team with an idea of the content and competencies required to see the development of the ‘recruits’ and the respective curriculum for the expanded edition of the program for the future launch of a fully-fledged digital academy due to launch in 2012.

Grow goal is to create a space where young individuals can be trained in the art of managing digital platforms.  Participants will learn to use the tools that are available through social media platforms to serve the needs of non-profit organisations.

The founding partners in this project are WooThemes, RLabs (Reconstructed Living Lab), Silulo, Webgrowth and the GivenGain Foundation South Africa. We have a common vision and objective to make a difference in our city and our nation by providing a stepping-stone for school leavers and the digitally passionate unemployed to get back into the job market.

Boot Camp Details:

– 27 June – 1 July 2011

– 12 – 20 Pre-Selected ‘Recruits’

– Silulo Training Centre, Makhaza Mall, Lansdowne Road, Khayelitsha

– Mornings: Theory; Afternoons: Practical with Evaluation

– Cost: FREE to pilot group

The courses delivered will include lecture-based sessions, coupled with assisted and tutored practical application of the various tools and skills presented. These classroom sessions will be followed by real-world internships at selected non-profit and commercial organisations that are willing to accommodate digital apprenticeships. All students will be provided with personal, online, email and telephonic support, relative to their stage of skill and application, by the academy and its appointed partners. It is our intention to see apprentices become artisans, from job seekers to job takers, urgently!

We need to go beyond the digital divide. We need to strengthen digital minds.

We need to GROW!



Adii Pienaar & Mark Forrester



Colin Habberton

GivenGain Foundation South Africa

+27 21 882 9070

+27 71 401 2434



Rene Parker


+27 21 699 1453

+27 79 811 8536



Luvuyo Rani


+27 72 261 2472



Neil Pursey


+27 84 627 0619




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  1. Hi Monique

    I just want to know that when will you have Trainings, workshop or any event cause am interested in your programmes. if you have any thing please let me know. Last year i was part of BOOT CAMP.

    Thank You

    1. Hi Bulelwa. We’ve started our Academy programme but will let you know when we have special events. Best wishes

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