First “digi-māmās” succeed in Tairawhiti REAP’s Digi-Māmā programme

CONNECTED: Tairawhiti REAP’s Computers in Homes “digi-māmās” are, from left, Jennifer Burkhardt, Tatum Gerrard, REAP executive director Ani Pahuru-Huriwai, Bonnie Burkhardt, Pare Te Rauna, Alia Brown, Repeka Maraki (with Isabella), Suzy Waikare, Paratai Tuhakaraiua and digi-māmā’s regional co-ordinater Irirangi Te Kani. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell, Copyright Gisborne Herald

The Gisborne Herald reports that the first eight “digi-māmās” have graduated from Tairawhiti REAP’s Computers in Homes Digi-Māmā programme.

Tairawhiti REAP Tumuaki/executive director Ani Pahuru-Huriwai said “This is our first roll-out of graduates from our digi-māmā programme. The programme is now running at Tikitiki School, we have classes running in Onepoto and Hicks Bay, and two are starting in Uawa in two weeks time. Two more courses will be held in Kaiti by June.”

By then, 100 participants will have been through the programme, a collaboration between Tairawhiti REAP, 20/20 Trust, ECT and Hauora Tairawhiti.

Graduate Alia Brown said “I’m doing volunteer administrative and personal assistant work at Adult Literacy Turanga. Having these skills (how to use Microsoft Office and other apps) I’ve learned here comes into play in my administrative role with adult literacy.”

Read the full story on The Gisborne Herald’s website

Background: Tairawhiti REAP partnered with the 20/20 Trust to deliver Computers in Homes in Tairawhiti (including East Coast, Gisborne and Wairoa). Tairawhiti REAP’s Ani Pahuru-Huriwai sees Computers in Homes as a vehicle to close the digital divide that exists for many whanau in the Tairawhiti region and particularly those who are rurally isolated. This includes delivering the programme to new groups like the digi-māmās and digi-Kainga.

Computers in Homes originated as a programme for families with school aged children, and the 20/20 Trust is funded by the Ministry of Education to deliver the programme to 1,500 families in 2016-17. The programme can also be of great benefit to many others, for example refugees and solo mums seeking to reenter the workforce. The 20/20 Trust works with groups and organisations nationwide to deliver Computers in Homes and other digital literacy/digital inclusion programmes to New Zealanders at risk of digital exclusion.