Tim Davies-Colley introduced the gathering and
Tim thanked Porirua City Council for donating some old computers which
Tim welcomed special guests, Minister Jan Logie, Green Member of Parliament and Chanel Pilcher-Landgraf, Manager Business Technology Operations at Porirua City Council. He also acknowledged Graham Kelly and Wendy Betteridge, present on behalf of the e-Learning Trust Board. In addition, he acknowledged the work of Peter Lynch who has provided all the technical support and some of the tutoring, Ibrahim Raouf-Morton who has done some tutoring for our Refugee Connect course, and Karen who has also assisted with some of the
Graham Kelly shared the good news that the Government had just reintroduced funding of $1 million for Computers-in-Homes nationwide. ‘We are thrilled about you people qualifying and getting a computer for your home’, he said. ‘We can guarantee, from our experience over eighteen years that, not only will you get a better-paid job, but your kids will be using the computer too. Encourage them because they will do better at school. Our statistics show that 65% of the children from
‘There are still more families in New Zealand who haven’t got a computer’, Graham went on to say. ‘Employers these days want to employ people who know how to operate a computer. Over 1,000 households in Porirua still do not have a computer. Their children are seriously disadvantaged in the education system. When our Trust started in 2000, only six families in every hundred in East Porirua had a computer, compared with eighty families out of every hundred in Whitby. We have changed all that and there’s still more to do. You are part of that success story. You are going to do better in life because of this course.’
Jan Logie was invited to speak and she said it was really lovely for her to help the graduates to celebrate their achievement. ‘I live in Cannons Creek’ she said, ‘and one of the strengths is the people. The challenges we face will enable us to grasp some of the opportunities out there. This scheme and your qualifications will help you to grow these numbers so that we can all get the benefit. I understand that there are now 2,330 graduates in this community who have gone through this programme. That is totally amazing. Years ago, I dropped out of a course when I was given a computer. It was a step too far for me. I couldn’t do that now. Jobs and everything else now involves computers and that is something we cannot ignore
Jan and Chanel then presented certificates to all the graduates.
Following this presentation, Wendy presented the prizes to those who had written the best ‘learning stories’. The two runners-up, Penny Waihi
Chevelle, who had been supported by her father and grandmother during the ceremony, responded for the group, saying, ‘Thanks to all the tutors and especially to Karen. She slowed down her words to help me to understand and she showed me how to bookmark pages on the internet’.
Following a group photo, families took home their computers to start the journey into their exciting new future.
Here are the three learning stories for which their authors received prizes.
Kia Ora. My name is Penny Waihi. The course has given me the opportunity to improve my technique, competence in computer skills, keyboard skills, web navigation
My name is Chevelle Leota. On the first day at the
My name is Keita Miller and I have lived in Porirua all my life. I am the mother of five children under 6 years old and I just recently gave birth to my 5th child in November. I have heard so much about the Computers in Home course from family and friends who have also completed it and it has inspired me to tag along and do it myself and here I am starting on 31 October 2018. This course has taught me a lot about how to use the