19 Aug 2014

Scheme offers cheap computers to children

8:56 pm on 19 August 2014

Porirua principals say a new scheme offering families affordable notebook-style computers is transforming learning at their schools.

The Digital Power project sells the $600 devices to families in 13 east Porirua schools for $4 a week.

The initiative has been running in four of the schools since the start of the year, and children, teachers and parents there say it has had a big impact.

The scheme has been set up by Te Mana o Kupe Trust with the support of businesses and philanthropic organisations.

Te Mana o Kupe Trust chairperson Antony Royal said the scheme aimed to put a digital device in the hands of every school child in east Porirua.

He said the initiative was already running in four schools with 300 children signed up.

The Digital Power project sells the $600 devices to families in 13 east Porirua schools for $4 a week.

The Digital Power project sells the $600 devices to families in 13 east Porirua schools for $4 a week. Photo: PHOTO NZ