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My name is Pania Peta-Herewini and I am the new Manager for Web Access Waikato Trust (WAWT) coordinating the Computers in Homes (CiH) for the Waikato area.
I have a 30 year background in Education beginning with Te Kohanga Reo, to Primary training in Otago, graduating with a Bachelor in Education in 2005 from Otago University. I then went on to teach in Secondary Schools in Dunedin and the Manawatū area as an HOD for 12 years and moved into Adult Education in 2014. I am also studying towards a Masters in Adult Literacy and Numeracy with AUT.
I am blessed to have the opportunity to manage this position since September of this year and am very excited to be able engage and educate whānau using digital technology to support their children and mokos future learning.
I am now coordinating the first of three graduations around the Waikato region. The first is to be held at Single Parent Services (SPS) or Link House on the 29th of November where 13 students will graduate, who have committed their time to learning taking away a new found knowledge and a laptop for their commitment to the program.
Ngaruawāhia Community House has been buzzing since the beginning of their two day 3 hour workshops and it has been humbling to see so many turn up on Fridays (in their own time) to practice. We are to graduate 20 whānau on the 30th of November and more are already ringing up to enroll for the next classes in 2017.
The final of three planned graduations will end with 23 Teen Parents graduating on the 9th of December at He Puawai – Fraser High School Teen Parent Unit (TPU) in Hamilton. It is a really exciting time for the students as they are looking forward to working with MOODLE, a student management system in 2017 as well as other programs and relevant websites. It is about being able to engage with learning while looking after their babies or whānau that is important, and CiH is able to make that a reality. There are so many possibilities in delivering to these students and my tutors are looking forward to the challenge
Keep a lookout for the next blog with photos and updates for the remaining year. Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui.