In March 2010, Computers in Homes Wairoa launched their Senior (Pakeke) Computer programme. Again, Wairoa is fortunate to provide 130 Senior Citizens the opportunity to undertake computer training and upon completion will receive a computer and accessories together with six months free internet connection.
As evidenced from the previous project around the Wairoa District Schools, it was found that many grandparents were primary caregivers to their grandchildren together with a high number of being secondary caregivers as well. Based on these facts, there is a drive to close the technology gap for our Senior Members of Wairoa. We are dedicated to providing a quality service in a safe and comfortable Community Training Centre where families will learn how to operate a computer and have fun learning. There are opportunities for our elderly to close the divide with families living overseas by teaching them how to use their computers to connect with their families living Nationally or internationally. Help is only but a click away.... so call into our Community Training Centre based at Tiaho School to register your interest. We look forward to seeing you there...
Computer Training around the Schools
Thanks to Mrs Jenny Ratcliffe for supporting Computers in Homes Wairoa project and making yourself available to attend, mix and mingle with the parents and children during computer training.
Thanks to the families for top mark attendance... Your attendance reflected in your computer learning... There was so much to absorb and everyone coped really well.
The kids... I love it when the families bring their children along... I encourage the kids to learn and to teach their parents. Georgina Tipuna, aka "The Librarian", you did a great job showing Dad how to use the computer, i'm sure he was very impressed with your skills. Danielle Roberts, I was very impressed with your learning, attitude and behaviour, a big thank you to your Mum Maria for putting her hand up as the Project Buddy/Mentor to assist all the families.
To the rest of the families, it was great to meet you all and I hope to hear the good learning stories during post training.
Congratulations to the families of Kotemaori School who graduated on the 18th of May 2008.
Kotemaori School is approximately 55 kms South of Wairoa with a roll of less than 30 children.
A big thanks to all the families who participated especially to those who gave computer support to others with less computer knowledge. Computer training took place over a 7 week period, thanks to Simon and the BOT for keeping our family PCs safe and secure during the training period.
To Hana, Charmaigne and Len, we hope that your computer training has been put to good use. We look forward to hearing all the good stories from yourselves and the rest of the families during post computer training.