Coun­cil backs out of dig­i­tal

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Dig­i­tal Porirua Trust has an­nounced it will be wind­ing up at the end of the month.

The trust’s as­sets and pro­grammes will be picked up by the Porirua City Com­mu­nity IT Ed­u­ca­tional Trust (E-learn­ing Porirua).

Com­mu­nity Ac­cess Points – dig­i­tal learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments orig­i­nally set up by the Dig­i­tal Porirua Trust in church halls, marae, com­mu­nity cen­tres and schools across the com­mu­nity – will con­tinue to be man­aged by E- Learn­ing Porirua. E-learn­ing Porirua will also con­tinue to pro­vide free In­for­ma­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Tech­nol­ogy train­ing through the Step­ping UP pro­gramme.

The Dig­i­tal Porirua Trust was set up four years ago by Porirua City Coun­cil, with sup­port from the Porirua busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says it’s time for the coun­cil to step back and for the com­mu­nity to take over the reins.

‘‘The goal was al­ways to pro­vide a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple to ex­plore and learn about ICT.

‘‘We’ve gone a long way to­wards meet­ing that goal.

‘‘Now we’re tak­ing the nec­es­sary steps for the pro­grammes to con­tinue un­der their own steam.’’

Mr Leggett ac­knowl­edged the sup­port of the trus­tees, and all those who have worked hard for the suc­cess of Dig­i­tal Porirua Trust and its pro­grammes.

‘‘ The growth of the com­mu­nity learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments was also made pos­si­ble by a US$400,000 ed­u­ca­tion grant from Hewlett-packard.

‘‘The coun­cil re­mains grate­ful for the fore­sight and gen­eros­ity of the com­pany in mak­ing the grant,’’ he says.

‘‘Their con­tri­bu­tion, along with those from Mi­crosoft and the Depart­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs, will con­tinue to ben­e­fit the Porirua com­mu­nity through the trust’s on­go­ing dig­i­tal lit­er­acy pro­grammes.’’

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