The event, held in the Eltham Town Hall, was well attended by graduates, their family and friends, several Community Board members, Mayor Ross Dunlop, local MP Chester Burrows and national co-ordinator Di Das. Performances were made by the local Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Ngati Ruanui school.
“We had no idea just how well this programme was going to be received” Said Di Das, National coordinator of Computer in Homes. “South Taranaki is one of the most successful programmes, as we see students not only help their children in the home, but go on to seek more education and even better job opportunities for themselves”
MP Chester Burrows admitted that he remembers when he was first learning, how frustrated and he felt when first using new technology so he has a lot of admiration for the graduates and what they have achieved.
Eltham’s had its first intake of 15 families graduating in March, 2005. “We have seen this grow from just a small group of dedicated people to what it is today and we will see it grow even more” said Di Das.
|Tutor Lisa Tangaroa and Mayor Ross Dunlop call students up to receive certificates|