DWC continues to support the Toki Pounamu Education Trust and its initiative to help West Coast children access Chromebook laptops. To date, $480,000 of loan funding from DWC has been approved to Toki Pounamu and over 2,500 students from 14 schools across the West Coast have gained their own computers through the scheme.
The benefit of having a robust digital infrastructure and platform to deliver the curriculum during COVID-19 was instrumental in the success of ‘learning from home’.
“The schools have acknowledged the value of being prepared and the fact that our learners were not disadvantaged because they had their own devices, they had completed the Kawa of Care programme to ensure they were cybersmart,” says Mandy O’Sullivan.
Over 2,500 Chromebooks for students
“Whanau become aware of the importance this programme plays in our kura and engaged with their children’s learning. Our facilitators continue to support schools and teachers to ensure they are abreast of new pedagogies and our tamariki and young people are leading 21st century learners.”