24 April 2008

E-Learning Porirua

The Porirua City Community IT Educational Trust was established as a charitable trust 7 years ago by then local MP, Graham Kelly.

Its purpose as a community driven programme aims to provide computers in Homes, Schools and Community Learning Centres to families who are socially and economically disadvantaged, and provide them with the necessary skills and internet access to support their children’s learning and engage more fully in society.

The Computers in Homes programme provides families with a refurbished computer for the home, an internet connection, relevant basic training and technical support; and fully meets the following stated goals of the Trust:

* To empower communities with the necessary tools and skills for lifting education achievement, reducing unemployment and poverty, and increasing social cohesion.

* To provide children of these communities with access to online educational resources from home and local access points.

* To strengthen relationships between parents and schools in these disadvantaged communities, so that parents are more empowered to support their children’s learning.