e-Learning Porirua was established as a Charitable Trust in 2001 by then local MP, Graham Kelly. The Computers in Homes programme aimed to support low-income adults to understand and use technology to Improve their employment opportunities, and to support their children’s ongoing education in the home.
Since its inception, more than 2,000 adults have graduated from the programme and over 3000 other adults and over 5000 children have benefitted from the PC and internet access provided into the home.
Working to improve the opportunities for families who are socially and economically disadvantaged in our community has been the constant goal of our Trust.
Our approach has evolved to match changing times. From desktops only to multiple devices, from PC-based applications to cloud-based use anywhere ones, and from dial-up to high-speed internet and wifi. The programme remains as relevant today as ever.
There is still a surprising number of technology-unaware adults and homes without a computer in our community. It’s said that nowadays “everyone” has a smartphone and internet access – and that is largely true. And a smartphone is great for information retrieval but is poor at information creation – and that’s what the children of our future need.
We still have plenty of work to do.
How it all began
Find out how the donation of computers to a US High School inspired the start of the e-Learning Porirua.