New digital literacy programme at Winton library

SDC Winton library staff Raewyn Patton and Luc Howard and Southern Reap adult community education manager Janine Walker ...
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SDC Winton library staff Raewyn Patton and Luc Howard and Southern Reap adult community education manager Janine Walker fine tune a new community computing programme.

A new programme supporting digital literacy in the community has been launched at the Southland District Council's Winton library.

Stepping Up is run by the library in conjunction with Southern Reap, and library manager Lynda Hodge said it gave people with a chance to upskill in the field of technology.

"There are five weekly two-hour training modules for people who would like help with digital literacy."

This week, the focus was on Ancestry.com, for people wanting to trace their family history.

During the coming weeks, there would be sessions on RealMe, an initiative from the New Zealand Government and New Zealand Post to make doing things online easier, Trademe and how to set up an account, how to Skype and how to Photobook.

"It's a great opportunity to upskill and for those who complete the whole programme, there's a certificate in digital literacy at the end."

Laptops were provided, with funding coming from the 20/20 Trust, an organisation which Hodge said provided digital literacy leadership, working with local communities to deliver digital inclusion programmes that build New Zealanders' computer and online skills.

"They want to promote digital literacy and they see libraries as a perfect place for that. We're happy to be involved."

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