Trust grants $410,000 to schools in eastern suburbs

CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2012

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Primary schools in Christchurch's hard-hit eastern suburbs are in a for a $410,000 windfall.

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust yesterday announced a $410,000 grant for portable ICT equipment, such as iPads, and literacy and numeracy software to help more than 2400 children at 11 primary schools.

However, the equipment may have to be redistributed as the Ministry of Education's proposal to close 13 schools and put 26 through some form of merger becomes more concrete next year.

Just four out of the 11 schools are not affected by the proposals.

The equipment can be used from the first day of term one next year.

Carol Moffatt, programme director, elearning Greater Christchurch Schools Network, said the donation would significantly enhance pupils' learning.

"This will enable children to share their work with others, provide new learning opportunities from around the world and with the new software, focus on literacy and numeracy," she said.

The trust has donated $51.93 million to projects, including KiwiSport programmes in the eastern suburbs, support to major social service providers, business recovery, repairs to homes of uninsured vulnerable residents, women's refuges, repairing sports facilities and playing fields, and the rebuilding of Christchurch's Arts Centre.

The schools to benefit from the latest donation are: Aranui Primary, Central New Brighton, St James, Freeville, New Brighton Catholic, Parkview, South New Brighton, North New Brighton, Wainoni, Burwood and Avondale.

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