E-learning charity lands Government funds for net drive

A year-old charity has been given £500,000 by the Government to help propel the drive towards better computer and internet literacy in the UK.

The e-Learning Foundation, which aims to give every UK school pupil access to a portable computer within five years, has been awarded £500,000 by the Department for Education and Skills to help it reach more schools around the country. The Foundation already manages a £5 million information communication technology programme for the education department and 40 local e-Learning Foundations have been set up over the past year.

The charity offers advice on setting up foundations in communities, links to industry and suppliers, and also pump-priming funding. Local foundations can be set up to support single schools, groups of schools, and whole local education authorities.

Other projects involving the Government and charities include an initiative with Age Concern to promote internet use among the elderly.

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