The 20/20 Trust’s Refugee Connect programme works with refugee families in a similar way to Computers in Homes. It helps them use information and communication technology as a tool for learning, and for connecting with family members who still live overseas.
Our aim is to provide both the children and parents with the digital tools tools and skills they need to become active learners, access online educational resources, and stay in touch with family and events in their original home country.
The families are from refugee communities in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Nelson,Dunedin and Invercargill.
“We are so privileged to be working with such a culturally diverse group of families.
As new Kiwis they bring perspective and wisdom to each of their new communities.”
Shona Te Huki
The 20/20 Trust provides refurbished computers and internet access to 130 refugee background families nationally per year, under a Ministry of Education contract. The Ministry contracts separately a regional training provider to deliver the training component, employ family liaison and provide technical support to the families during the 12 month contract.
We are very appreciative of our regional training providers, who are achieving outstanding results with the delivery of the programme for each family we come into contact with and also the communities who have embraced each new family as they make New Zealand home.
A refugee family tells how Computers in Homes helped them – young and old – learn English, gain skills, employment, and keep in touch with family in Myanmar. A trainer reflects…
Outcomes of the programme’s 12 months of training and support will include:
greater self-confidence in using ICT
improved child/parent and home/school relationships
families accessing educational resources relevant to their language and culture
improved literacy and numeracy
improved communication skills
How families are chosen
Annual numbers are limited, and priority is given to recently arrived quota refugee families who:
have secondary school aged children
are headed by solo parents
are without computers
own a computer but require training
During the programme, refugee background families have access to interpreters/translators, childcare, transport, and family liaison support.