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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.

Download CiH Refugee Flyer (April 2016, pdf, 414 KB)

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

How families are chosen

Computer in Homes training is for the whole family
Computer in Homes training for the whole family

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:

CiH for Refugees is a partnership funded by MOE and delivered by regional training providers and 2020
CLICK TO ENLARGE. CiH for Refugees is a partnership funded by MOE and delivered by regional training providers and the 20/20 Trust

The initiative is a partnership:

  • 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.

    Ayush Pradhan, Shayal Pradhan, Jentanah Pan, Elly Sang representing Nepali, Kayan and Chin families, cut the Computers in Homes cake with National Coordinator Di Daniels.
    Ayush Pradhan, Shayal Pradhan, Jentanah Pan, Elly Sang from Nepali, Kayan and Chin families, cut the cake with Di Daniels.
  • 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.

How well the programme works

Programme, field worker and academic reports show the effectiveness of the Computers in Homes for Refugee Families initiative:

Getting Started!

Please contact the local Ministry of Education co-ordinator:

Northern Region

Adel Salmanzadeh  adel.salmanzadeh@education.govt.nz  09-632 9360

Asma Shah  asma.shah@education.govt.nz   09-632 9506

Private Bag 92644
Symonds Street
Auckland 1150

Fax: 09-6329401

Central North

Afat Xiao  fatlianto.xiao@education.govt.nz  07-858 7305

PO Box 774
Hamilton 3240

Fax: 07-858 7131

Central South

Gina Gonzales  gina.gonzales@education.govt.nz  04-463 8678

Maureen Zaya  maureen.zaya@education.govt.nz Phone not available yet

PO Box 30177
Lower Hutt 5040

Fax: 04-463 8698

Southern Region

Hassan Ibrahim  hassan.ibrahim@education.govt.nz  03-378 7756
PO Box 2522
Christchurch 8140

Fax: 03-378 308

Lead Adviser

Abdirizak Abdi  abdirizak.abdi@education.govt.nz  09-632 9355
Private Bag 92644
Symonds Street
Auckland 1150

Fax: 09-632 9461

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