Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charity Helps Pupils to Log On

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charity Helps Pupils to Log On

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Computers will be installed in the homes of more than 100 North-East children as part of a drive to reduce the region's skills deficit.

Families at Hilton Primary School, in Blakelaw, Newcastle, will be paying around pounds 3 a week to have computers with broadband internet access for the next three years.

The project ( which is being run with the North-East e-learning Foundation, a charity set up to provide computers to school pupils in disadvantaged areas ( aims to improve skills among children and their parents.

Children in the top two years at the school will benefit from the scheme, with parents also given training courses so that they can use the computers during the day to improve their skills and employability.

A North-East branch of the e-Learning Foundation has been launched to reverse the statistics that show North-East households have the lowest computer ownership in the country.

The charity was given a substantial start-up grant by computing mogul Graham Wylie, and is trying to enlist more business support at a dinner tomorrow. …

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