Navigating a computer can a daunting process for some, and one that can hinder access to social agencies and services, learning and employment opportunities, social media or information on the internet in general. In a new initiative, Transform Aotearoa and Literacy Aotearoa have partnered together to help locals of all ages to feel like they can make sense of this medium that has become a part of everyday life. In late July together they piloted a new 10 week, Level 1 Basic Computing Course in the Transform Aotearoa Computer Suite.
The course provides participants with basic skills to help them organise files and documents, present and store information and data. It covers understanding of basic software terminology and applying the knowledge into practical tasks. Topics presented include Microsoft Word, file formatting, Publisher, search engines, computer terminology, keyboard and typing skills, creating text files, web browsing and getting connected to social media. Many of the students have felt empowered by Honey Smith from Literacy Aotearoa as her teaching methods have been encompassing of the wide range of learners abilities and learning styles. The casual learning environment has made it a relaxed and enjoyable experience for all those involved.
Transform Aotearoa is passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals in this rural community to reach their potential and help them be all they were meant to be. Basic computing is only one of many courses we run free of charge to anyone who is determined to better themselves so they can become contributing members of our community in every facet of life.
If you are keen for the next program or to find out more about our programs, please call or come and see us at Transform Aotearoa, 32 Tirau Street (above The Cow Café).