Porirua goes the e-Learn­ing way

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

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.

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