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Annual report: By the end of July 2016, the Auckland Computers in Homes Programme had graduated 257 families from South Auckland and Franklin schools and a further 48 were in training.
During the year, our Auckland delivery team expanded from just one coordinator to a team of three with the support of a full-time technician and, for much of the year, an interim Area Manager. This created some challenges in building a cohesive working team, but with the appointment of a permanent Area Manager in July 2016, we feel we are now much better placed to tackle the huge task ahead of us.
The 2013 Census reported over 20,000 families with school-aged children in Auckland without access to the internet. We are pleased to have reduced this by nearly 300!
Welcome to Jo, Denise and Naseem
Jo Hampton and Denise Proctor joined the Auckland team as new programme delivery partners, along with Naseem Khan in an IT support role. Our Auckland team also has the addition of a ‘0800’ tech support line – just for us!
It’s been a wee bit of a trip getting to know each other and helping our team navigate through the project processes. Our monthly meetings have been fast workshops/breakfasts getting up to speed early in the day before our phones are all buzzing and the next meetings summon us.
New host schools and PTEs
The changes aren’t over yet as we scale up to meet the Auckland digital connection challenge, but on the ground it is very much business as usual with many new partnerships being formed and the interest via community hubs continuing to grow. We welcomed some new host schools during the year while at the same time continued to support schools with large numbers of digitally disconnected students.
We are delighted to be working with more PTEs in the South Auckland area. Many of our whānau feel more comfortable in meeting places outside of the schools that their children attend; this includes churches, PTEs and community groups. We have welcomed the opportunity to partner with Pasifika Power UP again this year.
Growing social need
Social issues have taken a front page and priority in South Auckland especially with the growing number of people who are homeless and those living in poverty. We believe that it is important for ‘Computers in Homes Auckland’ to remain involved and be part of the solution to help our whānau and our community outside of our Kaupapa. As we enter in our next year, we look forward to meeting and joining another 400 whānau on their new journeys of learning.
The map shows Computers in Homes Training Centres where students from local schools have graduated recently. Zoom & drag map, click icons for details
Information sourced from the Digital Inclusion Map