Kaiti women graduate from computer course

Eight “digi-mamas” successfully complete Tairawhiti REAP’s Computers in Homes Digi-Mama programme.

Eight “digi-mamas” successfully complete Tairawhiti REAP’s Computers in Homes Digi-Mama programme.

CONNECTED: Tairawhiti REAP’s Computers in Homes “digi-mamas” are, from left, Jennifer Burkhardt, Tatum Gerrard, REAP executive director Ani Pahuru-Huriwai, Bonnie Burkhardt, Pare Te Rauna, Alia Brown, Repeka Maraki (with Isabella), Suzy Waikare, Paratai Tuhakaraiua and digi-mama’s regional co-ordinater Irirangi Te Kani. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

EIGHT “digi-mamas” graduated on Friday from Tairawhiti REAP’s Computers in Homes Digi-Mama programme.

The Kaiti women made up the first intake for the course that gave them skills in the use of software such as Microsoft Office and furnished each of them with a refurbished laptop.

“The aim of the course is to get mums more confident with computers,” said Tairawhiti REAP Tumuaki/executive director Ani Pahuru-Huriwai.

“This is our first roll-out of graduates from our digi-mama programme. The programme is now running at Tikitiki School, we have classes running in Onepoto and Hicks Bay, and two are starting in Uawa in two weeks time. Two more courses will be held in Kaiti by June.”

By then, 100 participants will have been through the programme, a collaboration between Tairawhiti REAP, 20/20 Trust, ECT and Hauora Tairawhiti.

Graduate Alia Brown said her lack of understanding of how to use programmes like Microsoft Office and
other apps prompted her to enrol in the course.

The course experience and the laptop were vital resources for administrative work.

“I’m doing volunteer administrative and personal assistant work at Adult Literacy Turanga. Having these skills I’ve learned here comes into play in my administrative role with adult literacy.”

EIGHT “digi-mamas” graduated on Friday from Tairawhiti REAP’s Computers in Homes Digi-Mama programme.

The Kaiti women made up the first intake for the course that gave them skills in the use of software such as Microsoft Office and furnished each of them with a refurbished laptop.

“The aim of the course is to get mums more confident with computers,” said Tairawhiti REAP Tumuaki/executive director Ani Pahuru-Huriwai.

“This is our first roll-out of graduates from our digi-mama programme. The programme is now running at Tikitiki School, we have classes running in Onepoto and Hicks Bay, and two are starting in Uawa in two weeks time. Two more courses will be held in Kaiti by June.”

By then, 100 participants will have been through the programme, a collaboration between Tairawhiti REAP, 20/20 Trust, ECT and Hauora Tairawhiti.

Graduate Alia Brown said her lack of understanding of how to use programmes like Microsoft Office and
other apps prompted her to enrol in the course.

The course experience and the laptop were vital resources for administrative work.

“I’m doing volunteer administrative and personal assistant work at Adult Literacy Turanga. Having these skills I’ve learned here comes into play in my administrative role with adult literacy.”

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