Another stellar day at e-Learning Porirua’s training facility at the RSA in McKillop Street, Porirua on 9 April 2014.
Executive Project Manager, Tim Davies-Colley set the scene and welcomed all the visitors including Di Daniels (National Computers in Homes Coordinator) from 20/20 Trust and two other regional Computers in Homes Coordinators, Shona Te Huki (Horowhenua/Manawatu) and Leona Karauria (Wairoa/Hawkes Bay). He acknowledged the work of the Trustees, the tutors, the technicians, the volunteers and everyone who had helped to make a success out of the 55th course in e-Learning's ongoing venture of digital enablement for Porirua City.
40 families were graduating, not only from the basic 10-week course and all were also graduating from a Stepping-Up Programme. The basic course covered such things as email while the Stepping-Up Programme covered more advanced options such as Google Apps.
Although the day was a great celebration for the 40 families graduating, another celebration will be held on 5 May which will celebrate the fact that e-Learning Trust has now reached the milestone of having trained and given computers to 1500 families since the Trust was set up in 2001.
Trustee, Dr Sue Chard, Head of Information Technology Programmes at Whitireia Polytechnic, congratulated all the graduates on their achievements and encouraged them to make full use of their computers and share them throughout their families. Tim then introduced Porirua City Councillor, Tim Sheppard, who had come to present the certificates.
Many of the students had written personal stories about the path they had taken on their way to achieving their certificates. Several of these stories were highly commended and their authors received 8 GB USB drives in
recognition. The runners-up received 32 GB USB drives. The writer of the story judged to be the best was awarded a camera, donated by SmartLinx3 and presented by Don Pyatt.
Downstairs at the RSA 40 computers awaited the 40 families, presenting a great photo opportunity before everyone enjoyed a celebration lunch.
Parents, grandparents and caregivers had all worked hard for 10 weeks to reach this point and it’s gratifying to know that acquiring this knowledge will bring so much benefit to the families who participated, especially to the children.