Computers in Homes and Power Up partnership in Christchurch
On 15 June 2015 twenty eight PowerUp families received computers as part of the 2020 Communication Trust’s Computers in Homes program. The graduation was the first for a new partnership between Pasifika PowerUp (an education programme that actively supports Pasifika parents and families to champion their children’s learning), Rowley Avenue School and Computers in Homes.
The families that graduated were identified by PowerUp or Rowley Ave School to participate because they had school-aged children but did not have an appropriate computer at home. They then completed a training session once a week for 10 weeks. Having received the computer they can
now access 12 months of technical support and subsidised internet should they choose it. Families pay a total of $50 for the above services.
One of the students, Makereti Tiatia said “A computer is a very useful tool. Watch out children
as we now know how to track you down! It’s never too late to learn. I feel so grateful tonight. A
computer is a tool to support each other, not just ourselves but our communities.”
Senior teacher, Mamaitaloa Sagapolutele, said “CIH has given an opportunity for Pasifika
parents to feel good about new learning, especially for their children. Together with Power Up
Christchurch, Computers in Homes gives us powerful tools for the future.”