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‘A connected community where everyone can participate online effectively.’
With this vision in mind, Web Access Waikato was happy to assist 98 whānau in their Computers in Homes journey over the 2015/2016 period.
These participants came from three schools located within the Waikato region – Crawshaw Primary School, Ohinewai Primary School and Melville Primary School. Melville Primary School participants were our first graduates to receive laptops and feedback about these devices has been extremely positive – one recurring factor being the portability of the device that all the whanau can use at any location where there is free WiFi available. Continued 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 were also able to provide a Computers in Homes course to Single Parent Services in late November for 20 learners. This was held at Te Whare o te Ata Community House. Web Access Waikato had just prior to the course donated and installed a pod of 20 refurbished computers at the Community House, so it was a bonus for both learners and the Fairfield community to have access to these, not only for Computers in Homes training, but also for ongoing digital literacy programmes.
This year for the first time within the Waikato region we were also able to successfully collaborate with Kirikiriroa Marae (a collaboration with Te Kohao Health –Whanau Ora). As a result, twenty graduates were able to complete the Computers in Homes programme and successfully walk away with their certificates and laptops (not to mention their newfound knowledge of computing basics). We have also achieved a very positive relationship with the marae so that we can collaborate again for future courses.
In early June 2016, two Computers in Homes courses were successfully held at Te Whare Kokonga Community House (Hamilton South Community Centre) after a number of individual enquiries from whanau located in the Hamilton South area; they had heard about the Computers in Homes programme being run at Melville Primary School.
The majority of the participants in this course were within walking distance of the Community Centre which was a real bonus for those who did not have any type of transport. This alone was a positive relationship building exercise as it saw a number of these learners organise within themselves a “walking bus” to their course at the Community House. The camaraderie in these groups expanded well beyond the actual course itself.
Web Access Waikato is also currently in the process of providing a discounted WiFi service based in Ngaruawahia – with construction having been completed on the Tower. We are currently in the process of identifying families to offer this service to and look forward to progressing this further in 2016–17.
Web Access Waikato Trust continues to look into ways to create a connected community where everyone can participate online through creative resourcing and community education and looks forward to continuing with the Computers in Homes project during 2016/17.