On 10 May 2015, Māori Television news showed Kea Te Kani (Waikato) using Skype to talk to her son, and helping her nephew do his homework using the computer. (Click picture to watch.)
Kea said, “I really didn’t have the confidence (to use email and computer) before I started this computer course.”
Now she has, after participating in Computers in Homes at Mansell Senior School in Papakura.
“I’m grateful for her to have knowledge of the new technology.” said her son.
Computers in Homes tutor Tania Manuera explained the programme: “They provide free 20 hours of training and after the training each parents walk away with a computer to take home and that’s theirs to keep forever plus they get subsidised internet on top of that to help them with on-going learning for themselves and their whānau at home.”
This year Computers in Homes includes 1,500 new families from schools in 19 regions across New Zealand. Since we started in 2000, we have helped 14,000 families gain digital skills and get connected.