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Annual Report 2015-16: For everyone involved with Computers in Homes it is inspiring and motivating when we receive positive feedback about the difference the programme has made to a family. Many times this change is transformational.
The Porirua City Community IT Education Trust (PCCITET), more widely known as e-Learning Porirua, was established in 2001. The Trust aims to help bridge the digital divide (this aim is a catch cry and part of our logo) by training families in computer skills to give them the confidence and tools to gain a job and therefore reduce unemployment, while also improving students’ achievement levels in the City’s low decile schools.
The 25 low decile schools in Porirua refer their families to Porirua Computers in Homes programme run at the Porirua RSA in Porirua East. At the RSA training centre there are 30 student computers available for the training programme. Every school term there is a flood of registrations and sometimes we have too many to “fit” into one class.
Highlights for the Trust
When I talk to trustees, coordinators, teachers, principals or volunteers they are all touched by the stories of hope and positive change in the families they know.
Over the last six months I have had the opportunity to reconnect with a number of our successful CiH graduates from the last few years. For all these people the consistent area of feedback was about employment and the role that CiH had played.
This was so compelling, especially when it was not directly solicited, that I started to make a record of some of this feedback. What follows is quotes from some of those conversations.
Stories of positive change
“It is amazing having the computer at home to be able to search for jobs … that was great … and being able to do my own, proper CV. I got a job two months after the course [CIH].”
“I found my “dream job”! I saw it online and I applied online, did four assessment tests online and now in my workplace my computer learning has been a necessity for the amount of documenting we undertake.”
“Wow … I am so happy … thank you so much. After you helped me up-date, restructure and print my CV I went to the interview with confidence and got the job! I am now an early childhood educator. I have been wanting this for years and now it has happened!”
“It might seem like a really little thing, but it was doing the CV and the covering letter that was really useful for me. I am sure that being able to search for jobs and then apply for them using the computer made the difference for me. Initially it [my job] was just 10 hours per week, but after one month it became 30 hours per week and sometimes I am asked to ‘cover’ extra hours at other sites now.”
Stepping UP continues
We were again successful in gaining extra funding this year (2016-17) from Lottery Community Grants to run Stepping UP. We are hoping to continue providing further support for the local BYOD programmes with whānau support for Chromebooks as a Stepping UP programme. This is generally happening in schools using Chromebooks as their student device. We are continuing to run Stepping UP as a separate class on Thursdays 12.00 pm – 2.30 pm.
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