while others spend time on petty issues and criminal activities, even waiting on the Government for grants, there are those who devote their time and energy on projects that are of cardinal importance to them and their communities.
Wilfred Alcock, a paraplegic computer whiz-kid, has never allowed his partly paralysed left side of the body to deter him from achieving his goals by enabling those in need with computer skills.
“For the past 10 years, I have taken it upon myself to better the living standards of fellow human beings and by so doing, I have been earning the much needed income for my family,” beams Alcock.
Alcock is a renowned computer trainer at the Women’s Action for Development (WAD) Centre at the south-central town of Rehoboth. He has, to date, trained more than 23 100 people countrywide.
He says he provides an office training package, which includes Microsoft Office, Excel, Publisher, Access, and Word - which usually cost of between N$6 000 and N$13 000 in most commercial training - for a mere N$1 050.
“This is not about making money (but) it is about uplifting my community. It is also a better way to transfer skills. My hope is to make the whole of Rehoboth computer literate,” Alcock says adding: “Currently, I have 15 students for the year and am collaborating and in consultation with Namibian Training Authority and the Namibian Qualifications Authority for possible recognition.”
Alcock proudly says that he is achieving a 64% percent job placement rate and that is only those who come back to say, “thank you, I secured a job”.
“I would like to have a computer library here where kids and adults can come and learn. It would take them away from evil deeds and equip them with much needed life skills that they will need at whatever level,” he says.
Alcock received computer equipment from the French government through its Namibian embassy in 2004 and has since been using the same material while technology changes by the day. Most of that equipment he says are already past their lifespan and need urgent replacement.
He urges anyone or institution, most especially the business community, to emulate the example of the French and lend a helping hand to the needy, to ensure that those left behind economically come on par with those who have.