‘We will not give you anything, but what we will do is create a door for you to open in order to have access to world class education but we cannot walk through that door for you’
These were the words that Dave Varty said to the Londolozi staff when the Varty family returned to Londolozi in 2007. This promise has been kept and their have been many members of the Londolozi family who have walked through the door and excelled in a number of various courses that have been available to them at the Londolozi Learning Centre.
Together with the Good Work Foundation and Course facilitator Mo Groch, the Londolozi Digital Learning Centre was setup and several internationally accredited courses and modules were made available to the greater Londolozi community. On the 21st of April we had a graduation for the students that completed some of these courses. It is important to Londolozi to acknowledge the staff members that made the decision to walk through the doors of the learning centre and better themselves.
There were two parts to the graduation ceremony at Londolozi, the first part was The International Computer Drivers License(ICDL) graduation. Everyone from housekeepers, Londolozi living shop attendants to our very own air marshal received their ICDL certificates. This is an incredible accomplishment bearing in mind that a lot of Londolozi staff did not necessarily grow up in an environment that gave them access to computers and the internet.
The next certificates given out were to the graduates of the Lobster Ink programme that has been available to staff members for almost two years now. This has been an incredibly beneficial course for the whole Londolozi family as it is the hospitality education system that trains staff and management, in areas of Service, Bar, Wine, Spirits, Housekeeping, Guiding and International Standards. Not only has it been beneficial from a hospitality side of things but it has also provided the opportunity for certain Londolozi staff members to explore a completely different position that they never thought they could do. There are many examples of this, such as housekeepers becoming butlers, the stores assistants have joined the tracker academy and butlers have become camp managers. Daves advice to the Londolozi family in 2007 to ‘become the best version of themselves that they can be’ is truly coming into fruition.
Thank you to Londolozi and the Varty family for providing that door for the Londolozi family so many years ago!
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Written by Kate Neill
Photographed by Simon Bannister and David Dampier