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Annual Report: This year has been another successful year. The Wellington/ Hutt region has graduated 62 families during 2015-2016.
A number of new schools enrolled in the Computers in Homes programme for the first time and we celebrated our largest graduation to date with Te Ara Whanui Kura Kaupapa Māori o Nga Kohanga Reo o Te Awakairangi. The unmeasurable support from Kararaina Luke (Kura Tumuaki) and Mary McDavitt (Barnardos Social Worker) was greatly appreciated.
When I approached the kura, Whaea Joe was completely excited about the possibilities for the kura whānau. From there, Kararaina and Mary created a plan to make the programme as successful as possible. They began surveying the kura community and looking at whānau who would best benefit from the programme. Their aim was to target whānau who had year 12–13 year old students, as well as whānau who had three or more tamariki. Through two intakes, we have been successful in graduating 26 whānau. The graduation was amazing with one graduate sharing his own life experience.
Manaakitanga at its greatest
One of the greatest benefits I believe the CiH classes produce is the manaakitanga that is created between the participants. Creating a safe environment for the participants is the utmost importance. Our tutors are the building foundations in our classes to create this. Being a part of the programme has numerous benefits, but one that’s rarely spoken about is the manaakitanga that is shared.
One of the emotional highlights of the programme was the session on Internet Security and Digital Citizenship. We shared experiences about naivety with both adults and youth. I also shared a personal experience of losing a young family member to cyber bullying two months prior. Another participant had also lost a family member earlier that day to the same thing. The awhi (comfort), aroha (love) and manaakitanga (support) the class shared with this participant was amazing. This moment reignited a passion for people and our programme for me and reaffirmed my belief in the kaupapa of Computers in Homes.
Schools becoming Community Centres
Holy Cross School, which joined the programme in 2015, graduated 15 families. The school has run numerous community activities such as English Speaking Classes, Garden to Table, Mass and now Stepping UP. They ran a six week pilot programme where a total of 27 attendees completed the programme.
The school was often questioned by the previous CiH graduates if there would be any other digital classes provided by the school. Due to the success of the programme, the school is planning to run a second pilot in Term 3, 2016.
Working with local Community Centres
With a last minute boost for the Wellington/Hutt programme, we ran a pilot programme of CiH in the new Walter Nash Centre in Taita, Hutt City. Parents heard about the programme through word of mouth and soon I had a class of eleven ladies. All ladies had children who attend CiH Schools but had previously missed out on being selected for the programme. They were excited to hear that Computers in Homes was working alongside the Walter Nash Centre. The centre staff have been extremely helpful in hosting the programme and we hope to run more programmes here in the future.
The map shows Computers in Homes Training Centres where students from local schools have graduated recently. Zoom & drag map, click icons for details
Information sourced from the Digital Inclusion Map