The generation older than 65 did not experience or grow up with computers. In fact, they existed in our teen years, but were the size of houses and only a selected few had the opportunity to engage and participate.

It was much later that the personal computer and then the internet became part of our lives.

Twenty-eight years ago, the World Wide Web announced that it was for everybody. On April 30, 1993, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) put the web into the public domain a decision that has fundamentally altered our future.

Apple’s first iPhone was released 14 years ago on June 29, 2007. While it wasn’t the first smartphone, it leapfrogged far beyond the competition and launched the mobile revolution.

Your computer and digital literacy, as a result, is either self-taught or as part of your journey in the workplace in your later years.

The past 15 months through the COVID pandemic has fast tracked communication using these tools for every part of our lives. This is proving to be a major stumbling block for many older adults who may not have had any formal training or help with their literacy.

50Plus-Skills and You’ve earned it made the decision this year to try and understand these challenges and have started engaging with adults over 50 and especially the 70 plus generation. We would like to come up with several solutions to assist in this process and make it easier for individuals to improve their skills and become more independent online.

One of these solutions is to run courses on Zoom with basic computer skills being taught by an expert. The trainer will be Simon Griffiths who has worked in the computer industry all his life.

The purpose of the course is to build up confidence in the use of technology to enrich your lives. The workshops will be online using Zoom and will focus on the Windows Operating System. However, the course will also cover some aspects of smartphones. Participants will need Internet access. Typically, each session will last an hour. The sessions will be recorded, and the presentations distributed.

The modules of the course

  1. Computer Basics – hardware, software, Windows
  2. Windows UI, Files & Folders; Backup
  3. Office Suites
  4. Internet; Search; Email; Online Safety
  5. Using your smartphone

Bookings and payment for this course to be done via Quicket and will take place every Thursday.

8, 15, 22, 29 July, 5 August from 15h00 to 16h00.

The cost is R500 for the full course and can be booked here:

We invite you to engage, sign-up and join our next course. It may change your life and open a whole new world of engagement.