By Lanai Today
The Hawai‘i Tutoring program was launched last month by HawaiiKidsCAN, a local nonprofit organization that advocates for high-quality education for all children. It’s funded by the Spectrum Digital Education grant, which selects organizations based on their efforts to educate financially underserved communities on the benefits of broadband and how to use it to improve their lives.
According to founding Executive Director David Sun-Miyashiro, the idea for the program came during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic after speaking with parents who expressed an interest in enrolling their children in tutoring, but were concerned about the cost and lack of tutors within their community.
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“The idea is everybody, no matter where they live, no matter how much money their families have, everybody deserves tutoring and it’s something that would benefit them,” says Sun-Miyashiro.“So, rather than thinking about technology and digital learning as just kind of an emergency measure that was put in place during COVID, it’s actully an innovation that will allow, especially rural communities, access to high-quality programs like tutoring.”