ONLINE: Ella Misisa of Slacks Creek receives a refurbished computer to assist with learning from home.
Jimboomba Times | April 24 2020 – 3:00PM
LEARNING from home will be easier for more Logan families this term with rebuilt computers provided to families in need.
The rebuilt computers are being rolled out by the electronic waste recycling team at Substation33, the social enterprise arm of Logan’s YFS community support services.
The project is being funded and supported by Logan City Council and the Logan Together community movement.
It has provided devices for schoolchildren, seniors and people with disabilities.
Slacks Creek mother Chiquita Misisa said computer access would allow her family, including daughter Ella, 10, to face the coming weeks with confidence.
“Education for our kids is very important to me and my husband. Academically they are doing well and we didn’t want them to fall behind. This has been a huge relief for us,” Ms Misisa said.
Logan Together Director Matthew Cox said current social distancing requirements had reinforced the importance of every child having equal learning opportunities.
“It has become very clear in the last few weeks just how critical access to a computer is for connection, but there are many families in Logan and across Australia who don’t have that access,” Mr Cox said.
He said it was fantastic that Logan Together have been able to meet some of the need but this was a much bigger issue that needed to be addressed across the state and country.
“If we address it well now we will leave a lasting legacy for families,” he said.
Logan Mayor Darren Power said Council remained focused on supporting local families and residents through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“More people are working and studying from home and require support and technology to do so. Our community members are rising to these new challenges and council is proud to support them on this fantastic initiative,” Cr Power said.
All available computers have now been provided to students and families.
Substation33 are in urgent need of donations of computers, screens, keyboards, mice, power and monitor cables.
The enterprise is accepting donations during business hours at 31 Mary Street Kingston, or can be contacted on 07 3826 1533 to make arrangements for larger collections or pick-ups.