Porirua goes the e-Learning way
More than 1500 families now have computers in their homes, as part of training from e-Learning Porirua.
The e-Learning trust last week held a function to celebrate its 1500th family, Monica Ioane and her children.
Ioane said that receiving a computer at the end of the 10- week training course had helped her children tremendously with their homework and given them access to online education programmes that provide a lot of different learning games.
‘‘We are very privileged to be the 1500th family from the course and intend to carry on with level 2,’’ she said.
E- Learning Porirua spokesman Phil Major said the trust was very pleased with how it had come on since it began in 2000.
‘‘ Eighty per cent of Whitby households initially had computers compared with only 8 per cent in eastern Porirua.
‘‘In the 2007 census, the number in Whitby remained the same, but eastern Porirua’s figure climbed to 26 per cent,’’ he said.
‘‘Our trust would like to take some of the credit for that.’’
Among the guests at the 1500 function were MPs Hekia Parata and Kris Faafoi and city councillors.
Faafoi took the chance to encourage everyone to get behind Gigatown Porirua and make sure the city was among the top five finalists so it would remain in the running to get the fastest broadband in the southern hemisphere.
Ioane received a Samsung Galaxy tablet and an 8gb flash drive for each of her children. The gifts were donated by Tim Findlay from Remarkit, the company that supplies the computers to the trust.