In the 2009-10 Policy Address, the Chief Executive announced that convenient and suitable Internet learning opportunities should be provided for students in need through tripartite collaboration between the community, the business sector and the Government in order to mitigate the impact of the digital divide on the quality of learning.
In the 2010-11 Government Budget, the Financial Secretary proposed to facilitate Internet learning by students of low-income families through a two-pronged strategy. It includes the granting of a cash subsidy on Internet access charges to these families, and offering economical Internet services and complementary support to the parents and students.
The Internet Access Subsidy has been disbursed annually to eligible families since 2010/11 school year. On the other hand, the Internet Learning Support Programme, named "i Learn at home", was launched on 14 July 2011 to help the eligible families acquire affordable computer equipment and Internet access service through flexible payment arrangement, and to provide the students and their parents in these families with user and social support to enable their effective use of the subsidy and proper use of the associated educational opportunity.
Targets of the "i Learn at home" programme are families eligible for receiving Internet Access Subsidy under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) scheme or through the Student Finance Office (SFO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency (WFSFAA). According to the figures from 2011/12 to 2015/16 school year, it is envisaged that some 320 000 low-income families are eligible and can benefit from the programme.
The OGCIO has engaged two non-profit organisations, namely The Boy's and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BGCA) and WebOrganic, to implement the programme in the Eastern and Western parts of Hong Kong respectively. The two implementers have set up a total of 36 service centres across the territory to deliver the programme services to the target beneficiaries as follows -
Yau Tsim Mong
Sham Shui Po
Wong Tai Sin
|Hotline :||2922 9200||Hotline :||2520 5820|
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|Website :||www.weborganic.hk||Website :||www.i100.hk|
You are welcome to visit the programme portal www.ilearnathome.hk for useful information like registration procedures, service centre location, Internet learning resources as well as some frequently asked questions about the programme.
Details of the offers and services of the two Implementers and the registration arrangement are available in their service portals.