Spark Jump connects families with school-aged children

First Spark Jump connection: 20/20 Trust's Sue West and Naseem Khan connect an Auckland family with a Te Kura correspondence school pupil.
First Spark Jump connection: 20/20 Trust’s Sue West and Naseem Khan connect an Auckland family with a Te Kura correspondence school pupil.

The 20/20 Trust has become one of the first Spark Jump partners, adding a pre-pay internet connection option to 20/20 programmes.

Spark Jump is a new pre-pay internet service for families with school-aged children, subsidised by the Spark Foundation and offered through selected partner organisations.  Jump Start costs $15 for a pre-paid 30 GB data pack; the data-pack expires after 30 days and so must be topped up monthly.

The first 20/20 connection was for a jobseeker’s family whose child – a student with Te Aho O Te Kura Pounamu (The Correspondence School) – needed the internet for school work.

Benefits of Spark Jump

Laurence Zwimpfer, National Operations & Development Manager 20/20 Trust, explains: “Spark Jump has significant benefits for families with school-aged children who have difficulty budgeting for a contract internet connection.  Spark Jump is not a replacement for a fixed line DSL or UFB service which offer ‘on account’ packages of unlimited data or around 100 GB/month, the amount the average New Zealand household now uses. But it is a great fit for families who cannot afford fixed monthly charges and don’t download large files like movies.”

“It’s also a good temporary solution for families who have a long wait for a landline or UFB connection. It uses the 4G and 4G 700 wireless network, can be set up in 10 minutes during a Computers in Homes or Stepping UP class, there’s no ongoing contract, and the modem is available on free loan.”

For families with school-aged children

The 20/20 Trust will offer Spark Jump as an option to families with school-aged children participating in the Trust’s digital literacy programmes:

  • to Computers in Homes families in training who feel they cannot afford $10/week for the subsidised DSL or UFB service, or who have a long wait time for a fixed line connection (especially UFB); the loan Spark Jump modem is returned when a fixed line service is provided
  • to Computers in Homes families at the end of their 12-month subsidised term
  • to families with school-aged children along with Stepping UP programmes offered by a local library, community centre or Spark Jump delivery partner
  • to families with school-aged children participating in an ICDL or KiwiSkills programme
  • available only in areas with 4G coverage

“It’s a connection option for internet for education  – not internet for entertainment – for families with school-aged children.”

More information

More about Spark Jump on the Spark Foundation’s website

More about Stepping UP, free community-based training that helps adults build their digital skills in small easy steps

More about KiwiSkills, free computer training for jobseekers giving ICDL certification