Tauranga has graduated 67 whānau in the 2015/2016 year with 23 whānau being supported through the Brookfield Community Centre while the remainder have been coordinated through two local Iwi trusts.
Jaydene and her husband are parents of nine tamariki; they are both trying their best to keep up with the kids and all the technology they are growing up with.
“I did well in tech classes at school but these days it is so important to keep up or you truly do get left behind as I did. At first I wasn’t worried that the IT world was moving so fast without me, but as my whānau grew so did the need for upskilling myself for better employment. I soon realized I had better catch up or my kids would move on without me and without protection from the nasties out there.
So when I was invited to jump on the CiH course at the Brookfield Community Centre I was very keen to learn a whole lot more. I found the environment very warm, welcoming and just a pleasure to be part of. The tutor was awesome and down to earth and very understanding with the fact that we just didn’t have all the basic skills that most youth have these days.
Using computers is becoming something that society just expects us all to know. With my kids, that wasn’t the case as they only had access to computers at school and their tiny phones were not much help to them for assignments and research”, said Jaydene.
Dad said to the kids, “Hey look what Mum’s got, now you can do all your homework, research and projects on the computer. Cool aye!”
Helping the whole whanau
CiH has helped the whole whanau in different ways. One of the five college kids has a computer workbook he has to complete every night and submit the answers before the next school day. Before CiH he was unable to achieve those goals and he was getting behind in the workbook tasks with grief from his teacher. Within two weeks of the computer in the house he caught up with all his workbooks and has been passing at 100%.
“Our kids are utilising the computer for their schooling and feeling like finally they are getting to a place that’s benefiting them for their future. We also are using the cv templates to apply for jobs for the teenagers, it just make life so much easier and stress free when we can be independent in these areas.
We’ve also found that learning new things is pretty good too. Kids always have questions and as parents we try to answer the best we can, so when I was asked how is sugar made and where did it come from all I knew was that it is a plant. The rest we googled and discovered another world of sugar cane farming which then lead to discussions on the negative effects on our health. This in turn led to a story about small kids having teeth surgically removed despite excellent dental care, due to too much sugar in their everyday diets. It’s just cool that we can learn all sorts and achieve our goals. Thank you so much for the opportunity you’ve given our whānau and god bless you and may you prosper in all that you do” said Jaydene.
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