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Each year the Ministry of Education funds Computers in Homes for 90 – 100 families with refugee background. The families are from refugee communities in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Nelson.
Computers in Homes helps refugee families use information and communication technology (ICT) as a tool for learning. It aims to provide both children and parents with the computing tools and skills they need to become active learners, and with access to online educational resources from home.
A refugee family tells how Computers in Homes helped them – young and old – learn English, gain skills, employment, and keep in touch with family in Myanmar. A trainer reflects…
Outcomes of the programme’s 12 months of training and support will include:
- greater self-confidence in using ICT
- improved child/parent and home/school relationships
- families accessing educational resources relevant to their language and culture
- improved literacy and numeracy
- improved communication skills
Annual numbers are limited, and priority is given to recently arrived quota refugee families who:
- have secondary school aged children
- are headed by solo parents
- are without computers
- own a computer but require training
During the programme, refugee background families have access to interpreters/translators, childcare, transport, and family liaison support.
How it works:
- regional training providers deliver the Computers in Homes training, employ family liaison and provide technical support to the families. They are contracted to the Ministry of Education, who select them for their expertise and capacity in delivering ICT, their community involvement and accessibility to the refugee community.
- The 20/20 Trust provides refurbished computers and Internet access, under Ministry contract.
- The families are chosen by the Ministry of Education and Red Cross Refugee Services.
- Family Liaison Persons: Key to the success of this initiative is the involvement of a person from the refugee community who will act as a liaison between the training provider and the families. They arrange family/community meetings; give support, advice and guidance; facilitate transport, refreshments and childcare for families; supervise attendance and class administration; and records visits and feedback.
Programme, field worker and academic reports show the effectiveness of the Computers in Homes for Refugee Families initiative:
- The CiH Initiative Report 2011 (289 KB pdf) gives the regional and ethnic breakdown of the 674 families who took part between 2004 and 2011
- The Rear-view Mirror and the Periscope: the Meaning of Computer Mediated Information for Refugees, Antonio Díaz Andrade, Auckland University of Technology, 2013, (299 KB pdf)
- Computer-mediated information and communication practices of resettled refugees in New Zealand, Antonio Díaz Andrade and Bill Doolin, Auckland University of Technology, 2014, (455 KB pdf)
- Information and Communication Technology and the Social Inclusion of Refugees, Antonio Díaz Andrade and Bill Doolin, Auckland University of Technology (2016). 20/20 review, abstract and link
Please contact the local Ministry of Education co-ordinator:
Adel Salmanzadeh email@example.com 09-632 9360
Asma Shah firstname.lastname@example.org 09-632 9506
Private Bag 92644
Afat Xiao email@example.com 07-858 7305
PO Box 774
Fax: 07-858 7131
Gina Gonzales firstname.lastname@example.org 04-463 8678
Maureen Zaya email@example.com Phone not available yet
PO Box 30177
Lower Hutt 5040
Fax: 04-463 8698
Hassan Ibrahim firstname.lastname@example.org 03-378 7756
PO Box 2522
Fax: 03-378 308
Abdirizak Abdi email@example.com 09-632 9355
Private Bag 92644
Fax: 09-632 9461
- Download CiH Refugee Flyer (April 2016, pdf, 414 KB)
- The CiH Refugee programme blog at cihrefugee.blogspot.co.nz has families who have already graduated and other news.