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Digital literacy pilot aims to improve work readiness

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21 June 2013

Digital literacy pilot aims to improve work readiness

A new pilot programme to boost students’ digital literacy will launch at Mangere’s De La Salle College next week.

Forty-five Year 9 students will take part in the 10-week programme, which launches on Tuesday (25 June). Students in the pilot will use netbooks in English and mathematics classes to access online tools, applications and content in an effort to improve digital literacy, raise achievement and improve the students’ readiness for employment and further study.

The pilot is supported by Auckland Council’s Southern Initiative, which has provided eight net books for the students to use during the pilot.

Auckland Mayor, and De La Salle old boy, Len Brown has applauded the programme.

“Digital literacy is critical if our children are to be employable or ready for further study when they leave school,” says Len Brown.

His thoughts were echoed by the general manager of the Southern Initiative, John McEnteer.

“By funding the net books, we are giving the boys the opportunity to improve their education achievement levels and readiness for employment, which is one of key focuses of the Southern Initiative within the next five years.”

One third of De La Salle students have no access to the internet. Improving digital literacy is seen as a government priority to allow young people to successfully compete in a modern economy.

De La Salle Principal, Myles Hogarty, says the project focuses on Year 9 students as it has been proven that interventions made during Years 7 and 8 may be lost if they are not continued in Year 9.

“With the funding we have received from Auckland Council, we can strengthen our foundations to foster digital literacy amongst our boys and their families and better prepare them for employment.”

The Southern Initiative is a 30-year programme to strengthen children and families in stable homes and employment in the south of Auckland. It’s an opportunity to dramatically improve the quality of life of local residents, reduce regional disparities, and grow businesses and jobs that will benefit all of Auckland and New Zealand.


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