City of Johannesburg Mayor Rolls Out ‘MOOV’ For Tertiary Students

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City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Mr Parks Tau
City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Mr Parks Tau

City of Joburg Mayor Parks Tau unveiled ambitious plans for the city on Wednesday during his state of city address, including creating opportunities for 200 000 unemployed youth by 2016, producing bread low in sugar and generating electricity from turbines placed in bulk water pipes.

The City would roll out Massive Open Online Varsity (MOOV) for university education in partnership with international institutions through the city’s public libraries, mayor Parks Tau said.

MOOV will provide the kind of learning gateway that is making all the difference across Africa. This is a solution that is offered by our own very own libraries,” he said during his state of the city address at the municipal headquarters in Braamfontein”

He said the programme had 40 youth enrolled, and would expand to enroll more in the city.

”The programme will expand to connect hundreds of students with recognized online courses offered by institutions as prestigious and diverse as Wharton Business School, Rice University, the University of Adelaide and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,” said Tau.

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Tau said the Census 2011 Johannesburg statistics show the challenge in education access for residents. The stats noted that 13.2% of Joburg residents across all age groups have a post-high school education and only 5.8% of that population have a bachelor degree or higher.

He alluded that the online education programme was part of the city’s digital education, which included the roll-out of free WiFi across the city. The WiFi roll-out would see companies run by young people working together with the city to bring communities online.

”Over the coming months, as we accelerate the roll out of free WiFi hotspots announced last year, we will also deploy 3,000 young people, grouped as micro companies, to provide digital literacy training,” Tau said.

High speed broadband access had been launched in Braamfontein public places, he added.

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