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Annual Report: Training for Computers in Homes in Christchurch has taken place at 5 different locations in 2015-16 with 115 people participating. A highlight has been our relationship with the Pasifika community which has gone from strength to strength.
We began by partnering with the Pasifika PowerUp programme – providing training to parents while their children studied for NCEA in the room next door. From there we have gone on to work with Rowley School. This school has become a digital hub for their community with half of the Computers in Homes families coming from nearby schools. This is testament to the school’s strong community focus and reach.
We have continued to work with ‘wrap around’ community organisations Te Puna Oranga and Pura Pura Whetu in order to reach families we might have otherwise missed for numerous health, social and other reasons.
KiwiSkills trial a success
During the year we began a new partnership with Te Pā o Rākaihautū School where we have included KiwiSkills as part of the Computers in Homes programme. This has allowed the students to study at their own pace and meant that they are achieving an internationally recognised computing certificate at the same time as fulfilling the Computers in Homes requirements. This trial has been immensely successful as students have taken responsibility for their own learning and are continuing to complete lessons even after their Computers in Homes class has graduated.
Ka pai staff!
We now have four seasoned trainers: Ria Jeffcoat, Sheena Hiley, Brenda Tauiliili Pau, and Susi Afitu. As always, it is the trainers that put in the hours and care that make our programmes what they are. Ka pai to them for all of their work! Chris Danrell is into his fifth year of providing us with reliable and generous technical services that saves our bacon time and time again!
Sue Davidson is stepping back into the role as Canterbury Coordinator for 2016/17. Having worked for the Trust for eight years, Sue is a huge asset to the programme.
This year will be Sylvia Smyth’s last with Computers in Homes. She says “I have really enjoyed working for the Computers in Homes Programme. Through the classes we provide I have met many people and learned so much about different cultures that I would not have otherwise. Being there to see people as they bravely attend their first class with us, through to the time that they graduate with their certificate and computer in hand has been a privilege.”
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