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Annual Report: Well, another year has rolled around. It is so funny that participants always grimace at the thought of committing for ten weeks of training. By the time I catch up with them at the mid-course class to arrange internet connections they are all amazed at how quickly the time has gone by.
By the time of graduation they have turned into real sponges and are keen to start the Stepping UP classes because they have realised just how much “fun” computers can be. This is the rewarding part of my job. To be able to see the light come on for these families and adults wanting to engage with their children to “learn” from each other.
I’m pleased to be able to say that during the 2015- 16 year we have managed to deliver to schools and communities on the outskirts of Dunedin City, with Portobello, Port Chalmers, Silverstream and St. Mary’s (Mosgiel) hosting classes. Continues below
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
We have also kept our community hub at Carisbrook School. Big thanks must go to Ben Sincock (Principal Carisbrook) who kindly made his school POD open to families from other schools. We have had 103 families training through these POD’s.
Stepping UP and ICDL classes
We also have Stepping UP classes being hosted at Silverstream, Halfway Bush, Port Chalmers, and Carisbrook Schools with Rebecca South as the trainer. We also managed to solidify a relationship with the Dunedin Public Libraries, with the aim of opening up Stepping UP to the whole community using the library as the learning hub.
A small number of Stepping UP participants have continued on to do the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) with Rebecca South. Three participants have already passed their ICDL tests. Unfortunately we have lost the services of Rebecca South, who now has full time employment with The Blind Foundation. She has continued to register families for ICDL and will continue to support this part of the programme at least for the near future. She has left us with huge shoes to fill but I wish her all the best for her future.
I am looking forward to our new financial year and the hope of extending the project to the wider Dunedin area. All in all it has been an exciting year with the programme always evolving and re-inventing to meet the digital needs of all Dunedin people.