Computers in Homes has been selected as one of three finalists in the Excellence in IT Education category of the annual IT Awards. Nominations for the Awards come from IITP members and finalists are selected by a panel of judges. The winners are announced at a gala dinner being held in Auckland on Friday 10 October 2014.
The focus for Computers in Homes is on strengthening the IT skills of parents of school-aged children in low decile communities, so that these parents can engage with and support their children’s learning.
“Our programme has been recognised nationally and internationally over the years, but it is something special to have the this recognition from the IT profession,” said Laurence Zwimpfer, Chair of the Computers in Homes programme, and Contracts Director for the 2020 Communications Trust. “Our programme operates at a very basic introductory level in terms of IT education. At the start of training, people often struggle to operate a mouse, but a short 10 weeks later, they have the confidence to conquer the world.
Our latest report for the 2013-14 year reveals that 27% of all Computers in Homes participants enrolled in further education and training within 12 months of completing their CiH training. Over 50% of these went on to further computing/ICT study. Who knows when our humble programme could spark the next Rod Drury or Sam Morgan!”