Spark Jump bridges ‘Digital Divide’ in Dargaville

Kaipara District Library and Te Roroa Learning Assistance are partnering to bring Spark Jump to DargavilleToday Spark Foundation and 20/20 Trust have announced that subsidised broadband is available to more families in Dargaville through Te Roroa Learning Assistance and the Dargaville Public Library, enabling more students to keep up with the digital skills necessary for today.

Affordable home broadband supports learning

As classroom learning goes digital, students without broadband at home are at risk of being left behind. Spark Jump enables more children to go online outside of classroom hours and get on the right side of the Digital Divide. Families with children up to the age of 18 and no current broadband connection are eligible for the programme. They will receive a modem and a wireless broadband connection and pay $10 for 30GB with no fixed term contract. As a pre-pay service, the modem can be topped up at any time in the same way as pre-pay mobile phones.

20/20 Trust logo Spark Foundation logoNational Spark & 20/20 Trust partnership

Spark Foundation partners with community-based organisations like 20/20 Trust to deliver wireless broadband to families without internet. The Trust is active in communities around the country and works with local partners to select families for the programme based on the eligibility criteria set by the Spark Foundation and the intent to support education.

Dargaville partners: the Library and Te Roroa Learning Assistance

In Dargaville, Te Roroa Learning Assistance is collaborating with the Public Library to help families set up and manage their Spark Jump internet connections. Interested families in these areas should contact the library or Te Roroa Learning Assistance to enquire when Spark Jump sessions are being held.

Closing a critical affordability gap

Janet Te Rore, Manager of Te Roroa Learning Assistance, says Spark Jump will help close the skills gap between families who can afford home broadband and those who can’t.

“We’re passionate about empowering our community through education and it’s important to keep up with the skills necessary for today. Access to the internet is critical to get our children better placed to do amazing things in school and later in life. We know that for some families home broadband is not affordable and Spark Jump will help more children in Dargaville thrive,” says Janet.

General Manager of Spark Foundation Lynne Le Gros is pleased the partnership with 20/20 Trust is expanding the reach of Spark Jump to reach more families at risk of being digitally excluded.

“We’re pleased to serve communities around the country with a truly useful product like subsidised broadband. We’re excited to see more homes in Dargaville turn into digital learning environments to better prepare students for the digital world,” says Ms. Le Gros.

For more information please contact:

Check online to see when free Spark Jump (and other Stepping Up training) sessions are held in Dargaville Library and around.

Te Roroa Learning Assistance

Dargaville Public Library

Sera Jeong, Marketing & Communications Assistant, Spark Foundation
021 0277 0597
Sera.Jeong@spark.co.nz

Laurence Zwimpfer, National Operations & Development Manager, 20/20 Trust
04 27 430 6737
Laurence.Zwimpfer@2020.org.nz