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Free courses from Harvard and UCT, wine, fashion, digital skills and more
For a lot of us, it can feel as though lockdown has put our world on hold. And for those of us who are able, spending more time at home is a reality in the coming months. Use the time to become an Ivy League graduate, learn to code, and follow your calling as a wine connoisseur with some of these awesome courses you can do online.
FIND OUT WHAT REALLY LIVES UNDER THE SEA
The Two Oceans Aquarium has launched two online courses for kids, teens and young adults to do from home. Over July and August let the little ones discover rock pool animals, sharks and turtles. For high school students or young adults get a more in-depth look at single-celled protists to complex mammals and find out what really lives in our oceans.
Price: Ocean Fun-atics course is R60 per class and R300 for all five. The Marine Biobasics course is R1000 per person.
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BECOME AN IVY LEAGUE GRADUATE
Harvard University has released hundreds of free online courses, from Foundations of Global Health or an Introduction to Computer Science to Architectural Studies or Writing and Public Speaking. Anyone with an internet connection can join for free, and you can complete the course at your own pace through the Harvard University website.
TRY YOUR HAND AT FASHION DESIGN
The Academy of Fashion Styling (AFS) in Cape Town is offering a 50% lockdown sale on all online courses for anyone who has an interest in fashion styling, the fashion business, design and illustration. AFS is known for its modern and innovative approach to fashion and gives students the confidence and practical skills needed in the fashion world. Courses can be completed at your own pace, and anyone is welcome to enrol via the AFS website.
LEARN FROM WORLD-CLASS MASTERS
Masterclass is an online education platform where you can take classes from the world's top instructors. Learn how to write a creative and compelling story with Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood or master the fundamentals of cooking with internationally recognised chef Gordan Ramsey. You can start at any time you’d like and finish at your own pace. To sign up for your next class, all online applications can be made via the Masterclass website.
Price: The annual membership is R3000
HUNDREDS OF SHORT COURSES ONLINE
The University of Cape Town has partnered up with British online education provider FutureLearn to offer over 400 free online short courses. Browse the course list and choose between a range of diverse classes from English Literature to IT and Computer Science. Each course is divided into weeks so you can follow along and tick off at your own pace. Each module is accompanied by short quizzes to help you track your progress. It’s free for anyone, and you can register via the FutureLearn website.
UPGRADE YOUR DIGITAL SKILLS
Aimed at improving employability in Africa, Google Digital Skills for Africa provides free online courses focusing on data, tech, digital marketing, and business growth. Learn the fundamentals or sharpen your skills as an advanced learner with hundreds of digital courses. You can start your free digital training online via the Google Digital Skills for Africa website.
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