Shona Te Huki
Annual report (July 2016): What an outstanding year for Computers in Homes in the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Kapiti areas! Providing computers, 20 hours of computer training and subsidised internet to 59 families in local schools has been another triumph of the programme.
Most of the schools in our region have incorporated digital classrooms as part of their learning programmes. Computers in Homes has helped parents/families become more confident in engaging in the digital world and connect with their children’s new digital learning environment at school.
This year the programme has been spread between the Manawatu and Horowhenua with families graduating from Levin East School (Levin) through to Awapuni School (Palmerston North).
Graduates are enthusiastic about their new skills and home internet computer:
“What a great programme. I’m so glad that I was able to be part of it.” K Bishop, Palmerston North
“I was so scared of computers but now I feel much better and not so scared. Thank you so much.” B Hunter, Palmerston North
“It’s so nice to be able to not have to use my phone for everything. My kids and I now can work together. They are still teaching me so much.” C Rimine, Levin
Families continue Stepping UP
Families can continue their digital learning journey in the 20/20 Trust’s Stepping UP programme, in partnership with public libraries. Kapiti Library in Paraparaumu has been delivering the Stepping UP programme to local residents since May and the feedback is great. Digital Services Manager Jeremy Langley says that the next step is to look at introducing classes in the Waikanae and Otaki libraries.