The programme works via low decile schools, to help families in underserved communities use the internet, email and basic computer skills in their everyday lives, enhancing their performance at school and work.
The 2013 Census shows that 62,000 households with around 200,000 school-aged children do not have internet access.
In 14 years of operation, Computers in Homes has helped connect more than 14,000 families.
In the financial year July 2013 – June 2014, we provided support for 1637 families. The Digital Literacy and Connection (DLC) programme funded support for 1500 families; a further 40 families received contributory funding from Nga Mataapuna Oranga as part of a Bay of Plenty Whānau Ora Collective initiative. We also provide support for refugee families in the Ministry of Education-funded Computers in Homes programme, reaching 93 families in 2013 – 2014.
“I would recommend the Computers in Homes programme to anyone who wishes to learn how to use a computer or advance existing skills. It has definitely enriched our lives and I no longer feel as if technology is passing us by.” Computers in Homes graduate 5 years on.