Spark Jump bridges Digital Divide in Wairarapa

Spark and the 20/20 Trust have announced that subsidised broadband is now available in Gisborne  and Southland so more students can keep up with the digital skills necessary for today. As classroom learning goes digital, students without broadband at home are at risk of being left behind. Spark Jump enables more school-aged children to go online outside of classroom hours and get on the right side of the Digital Divide. ... Read more

Determination creates results in Kaiapoi

The 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes devastated the township of Kaiapoi.  Their buildings and infrastructure took a huge hit and during the past 7 years the community has worked incredibly hard to bring the town back to its former glory. One re-build in particular which has been a resounding success is the library, and proudly the ... Read more

Nine new venues coming soon to your region…

2017 is promising to be an exciting year as digital knowledge, devices and connection will be even more accessible to New Zealand communities. Nine new libraries are planning to become delivery partners with 20/20 Trust and host our Stepping UP programme. All their staff are highly aware of the need to help their library users; people from all walks and stages of life come to them daily needing digital literacy help. ... Read more

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Subsidised broadband Spark Jump available for Kawerau families

Press release 31 January 2017 Today Spark and the 20/20 Trust have announced that subsidised broadband is now available in Kawerau through local trust Te Aka Toitū and the Kawerau District Library. Spark Jump is an initiative for social change so that more children around New Zealand can use the internet at home to learn ... Read more

Modules completed have grown from 950 in 2013 to 2,197 in 2015 and over 2,300 in 7 months of 2016.

Strong demand for Stepping UP

The last year has shown a strong increase in demand for Stepping UP’s short digital literacy modules, and a high level of satisfaction with them. Our MoU with Public Libraries NZ has seen a very positive response from libraries through New Zealand; some libraries are now developing and  sharing their own modules. ... Read more

Blenheim celebrates their Adult Learners and Librarians

Marlborough District Libraries, in conjunction with REAP Marlborough, recognised the hard work and determination of some of their Stepping UP learners in early September, 2016. The event marked Adult Learners Week (a UNESCO initiative and supported by the Tertiary Education Commission and Adult Community Education), with a certificate ceremony attended by Blenheim Mayor, Alistair Sowman, who presented the awards ... Read more

Computer classes designed just for you!…

The number of libraries that are offering the Stepping UP programme throughout New Zealand is increasing each month, and in turn the number of people who are learning new digital skills is also on the rise. Perhaps you’re someone who is wary of computers but know you need some basic skills to get by?  Maybe you haven’t ... Read more

Kapiti Coast District Libraries ‘UP’ with the programme…

In 2014 Kapiti Coast District Libraries (KCDL) established a Digital Services Team.  One of their goals was to establish a Learning Centre at Paraparaumu Library to help increase digital literacy in their community.  Achieving this goal by 2015, KCDL then approached the Stepping UP programme following positive discussions with existing Stepping UP partner Hutt City Libraries. KCDL Digital ... Read more

Waipawa Library hits the headlines

The dedicated team at Waipawa Library hit the local spotlight in December 2015 via the Central Hawkes Bay Mail.  Library Manager, Sue Fargher, and her team Louise Horrocks and Ana Deckard continue to show their initiative around Stepping UP, not only by media promotion but by offering extra modules that pertain the needs of their ... Read more

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2015 Stepping UP programme sees substantial growth

Stepping UP has seen many more libraries and community training centres (CTCs) come on board in 2015.  Venues in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Rotorua, Waipawa, Masterton, Foxton, Palmerston North, Buller and elsewhere embraced the purpose of Stepping UP – to provide our communities with freedom of choice in what, where and when they learn computer skills. ... Read more