Beyond adversity – starting again, keeping safe

Tania van der Vegte, then Whanganui Region Co-ordinator says “One of the difficult and rewarding parts of being a Computers in Homes Coordinator are the families’ stories of their lives. I have had the privilege of hearing several of our Computers in Homes families sharing with me their stories including those involving domestic violence.” ... Read more

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Restored funding – what it means for NZ families

It’s tremendous news that the NZ Labour/NZ First Coalition have just announced in their Coalition Agreement that they will “Restore funding for Computers in Homes”! The new Annual Report 2016/17 shows why the programme is so important – and successful – in helping New Zealand families get full benefit of being online. ... Read more

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Computers in Homes funding ends; new Family Connect pilots

The 20/20 Computers in Homes Annual Report 2017 is now available. This award-winning programme has once again exceeded its targets, and upskilled and connected 1,805 families last year – that’s nearly 20,000 families connected over 17 years. We are concerned that funding has ended with many families with school age children still offline; but there is some good news too – a new 20/20 programme is piloting in Auckland. Called Family Connect, it focuses on adults with low or no education qualifications. ... Read more

Laurence Millar receiving the certificate from Mayor of Porirua Mike Tana

2,000 Porirua families helped by e-Learning Porirua

e-Learning Porirua celebrates having influenced the lives of over 2,000 low-income families in Porirua and their achievements, honours supporters of the Trust, and says end of funding leaves thousands of families unable to obtain computer skills. ... Read more

Juliana was a refugee, now helps Refugee Connect

Less than seven years ago, Juliana Gjo arrived in New Zealand as a refugee, from Burma. Now, after completing a degree, Juliana Gjo has become one of our regular interpreters and family liaison workers. She works with our refugee programme at e-Learning Porirua, helping other refugees find their feet in a strange country. A welcome in ... Read more

Computers in Homes Half-year Report January 2017

Half year report and a new approach

This is the introduction to the Computers in Homes half-year report, now available for download (.pdf, 3.8MB) and in print. Sixteen years ago when the first families graduated from a Computers in Homes programme, the 20/20 Trust set out on a mission to help connect every family with school-aged children to the internet and provide parents ... Read more

Summer Learning Journey whānau and supporters at graduation

Summer Learning Journey: learning outside school

Briar Kopa, our Wellington/Hutt Valley coordinator, talks about a recent summer programme to maintain literacy levels: “Our pilot ‘Summer Learning Journey’ programme has now concluded with an amazing outcome for all. Towards the end of last year, Computers in Homes teamed up with Spark, Te Awakairangi Access (TAKA) Trust, Hutt City Council & Taita Clubhouse ... Read more

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

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 ... Read more

Technology turned frustration into calm, concentration, skills

CASE STUDY: Every now and again we hear a story about unusual outcomes from Computers in Homes. This is one of them that is well worth sharing. Nita told us how Computers in Homes helped her son Taj develop his areas of interest, improved his behaviour, gave Nita and Taj new and useful skills, and even improved ... Read more

Graduations all over New Zealand

At the end of every school year, special Computers in Homes graduations happen all round New Zealand. And as always, there are stories from graduates – and trainers! – of what their participation has meant to them, and how much they have gained from it. Our regional co-ordinators post these local stories and photos on ... Read more