24 September 2010

Course 37

Porirua is a City of strong, sharing, caring, well connected communities. Local clubs, groups, businesses and non profit organisations comprising of generous, hard working, passionate people who work together, strive for excellence and are committed to extending peoples lives in the best way possible. An example of this is highlighted through the Computers in Homes programme.

E-Learning Porirua is one step closer to hitting their target of training and providing computers to 1000 families in Porirua. 57 families filled the top floor of the Porirua RSA with excitement and laughter as they graduated from Computers in Homes on Wednesday 22 September.

National MP Hekia Parata and E-Learning Porirua Trust Treasurer Murray Woodley presented students with certificates for completing ten weeks of computer training.

Refurbished computers with 6 month broadband connections are provided to each family upon completion of the course. Further nest eggs were revealed when Cartridge World in Porirua stepped up and donated each family a multi functional printer/scanner/copier device, ream of paper and discount card to purchase cartridges. The Digital Porirua Trust also came to the party and has provided students the opportunity to further strengthen their computer skills and staircase into a 12 month online ICDL (International Computer Drivers Licence) training programme mentored by the Digital Porirua Trust, volunteers from the Rotary Club of Plimmerton and Volunteer Porirua.

Computers in Homes project (CiH) aims to support low income communities to use ICT to strengthen their education. 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.

Registrations for Course 39 will start at 12pm on Wednesday 12 October in the training room situated upstairs in the Porirua RSA at 3 McKillop Street, Porirua East. For further information please contact 0800555563.