Helping people to be educated and informed from home is the aim of a new website developed in Central Otago.
Coreap.tv has been created by Central Otago Rural Education Activities Programme (CO Reap) as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Manager Bernice Lepper said the site was a growing collection of videos, based on a series of U3A presentations held in Alexandra.
‘‘We’ve only just come up with the idea since we have been in lockdown.’’
The sessions were streamed and recorded so members in places such as Lawrence, Roxburgh and Ranfurly would be able to learn without having to travel, Mrs Lepper said.
‘‘We’ve had them stored but never thought we would probably refer back to them.’’
Normally the U3A meetings attracted about 65 members, many aged more than 70.
When Covid-19 restrictions prevented meetings taking place, the CO Reap team discussed what they could do instead.
‘‘We were thinking . . .what would keep them enjoying and learning.’’
They decided to establish coreap.tv to show previous presentations and add new videos over time.
Speakers and topics include Dr Caroline Orchiston speaking about the Alpine Fault, Dr Duncan Steel, of Xerra Earth Observation Institute, Marcelle Noble speaking about stem cell technology and Anna Robinson speaking about trench composting.
‘‘We see the site continuing in post-Covid-19 times,’’ Mrs Lepper said.
The range of videos could expand to include adult learning, parent, early childhood and environmental information.
‘‘There could be lots of potential for it, really.’’
As the economy worsened the group anticipated further interest in adult education classes, and planned options to help job-seekers.
These could include helping people to improve their CVs and identify transferable skills.