Getting the right side of the Divide
“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” Waimakariri Libraries Learning connections coordinator Jason Clements explained.
No contract, affordable pre-pay broadband
“Families with children up to the age of 18 and no current broadband connection are eligible. They will receive a modem and a wireless broadband connection and pay $10 for 30 gigabytes with no fixed term contract or installation cost. As a pre-pay service, the modem can be topped up at any time in the same way as pre-pay mobile phones.”
Reaching out to communities
Kaiapoi and Rangiora libraries will run free training sessions through 20/20’s free Stepping UP programme, to help families set up and manage their internet connections. Interested families should contact the libraries or check online to enquire when Spark Jump sessions are being held.
(Stepping UP offers free digital skills training for life and work, delivered by over 75 libraries and community centres across New Zealand. You can choose from 32 different topics, each with a stand-alone 2-hour training module.)
Expanding the reach of Spark Jump
Spark Foundation manager Lynne Le Gros is pleased the partnership is expanding 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 Spark Jump turn more homes into digital learning environments and enable more students to thrive in the digital world,” says Ms. Le Gros.
Check availability in your area
You can check if there is a Spark Jump partner in your area by visiting the 20/20 Trust Spark Jump page, or by checking Spark Jump partners on the 20/20 Digital Inclusion map.
Notes to the editor:
- According to the 2013 NZ Census, there were 62,000 households with school-aged children which said they did not have home broadband (or which did not specify whether they had broadband).
- Spark Foundation has partnered with over 30 organisations working in local communities around New Zealand including 20/20 Trust (and its many delivery partners), The Greater Christchurch Schools Network, Web Access Waikato Trust, Nga Pumanawa e Waru in Rotorua, DIGITS in Palmerston North and a school cluster in Napier.
- Spark Jump uses the Skinny Broadband platform and provides wireless home broadband via a 4G mobile signal connecting with the nearest cell tower. Families are provided with a modem to use at no cost, with the support from technology partner Huawei.
- Families with children up to the age of 18 who do not currently have a broadband connection at home and have suitable 4G coverage are eligible for the programme.
For more information please contact:
Sera Jeong, Marketing & Communications Assistant, Spark Foundation
021 0277 0597
Laurence Zwimpfer, National Operations & Development Manager, 20/20 Trust
04 27 430 6737
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