Building digital literacy and inclusion in New Zealand

Free computer training for the unemployed and underemployed; KiwiSkills Jobseeker programme from the 20/20 Trust provides access to digital skills enhancing job opportunities.
The 20/20 Trust provides digital literacy leadership, working with local communities to deliver digital inclusion programmes that build New Zealanders’ computer and online skills: Computers in Homes, KiwiSkills Jobseeker, Stepping UP, and ICDL.        Read more >
  • Constant Connection 9% of the world had a smart phone in 2011, now more than 25% are connected to the internet via mobile. Robotics In 2008 the average industrial robot cost $500,000. They currently cost as little as $20,000. Solar Power In 1980, it cost $30/kW for solar power in the US, now it is as low as 4c/kW. Synthetic Meat In 2013 it cost $325,000/kg to create synthetic meat, this has already dropped to $12/kg. Autonomous Cars In 2011 the sensors in an autonomous car cost $350,000, they now cost less than $1,000. Synthetic milk Perfect Day Food add 3D printed DNA sequences to yeast to enable it to produce milk using no animals & 98% less water. In stores in 2018. Genetic Sequencing In 2007 it cost $3 billion to sequence a human genome, it now costs less than $1,000. 3D Printing 3D printers are already being used to print buildings, micro-organisms, machines, body-parts and rockets.

    New ‘Digital Future’ manifesto supports inclusion

    Last week, twenty of New Zealand’s leading tech organisations, led by NZTech, IT Professionals (ITP) and InternetNZ, released their manifesto of New Zealand’s Digital Future.  The non-partisan manifesto was sent to all members of parliament and to key government officials in multiple agencies. The manifesto suggests twelve goals; three of these goals have a bearing on digital literacy and inclusion and so underpin the value of 20/20’s work: Read more

  • Spark Jump

    Subsidised broadband Spark Jump bridges Digital Divide in Whangarei

    Spark and 20/20 Trust has announced that subsidised broadband is now available in Whangarei through local trust Taitokerau Education Trust and Whangarei Central Library so more students can keep up with the digital skills necessary for today. Liz Cassidy-Nelson, Executive Officer of Taitokerau Education Trust, says Spark Jump will help close the skills gap between families who can afford home broadband and those who can’t. “Access to the internet is critical in getting all our children better placed to succeed in school and later in life.” Read more at Stepping Up

  • Eight-in-ten principals rating the impact of digital technologies raising student achievement as being moderate (half of all principals) or quite significant (three-in-ten).

    Digital technologies have a positive impact on student achievement

    Eight-in-ten principals report that Digital Technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement, according to the latest research results from the Digital Technologies in Schools survey, prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust. Also, over 80% of principals agree or strongly agree that digital technologies, in their school: enable access to quality Read more

  • Digital Technologies in New Zealand Schools 2017 cover

    New research on Digital Technology in Schools released

    The 2016/7 Digital Technologies in Schools Survey has been released and is available for download here. Printed copies of the report and confidential individual school report cards will sent to all participating schools. Eight-in-ten principals report that digital technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement, according to the survey, prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust. Read more

  • Princess was well prepared for her certification test.

    20/20 goes the extra mile to help Princes

    In Christchurch, Princes Manauis has successfully completed her 7 ICDL certificate tests through the KiwiSkills programme, getting 100% in several tests taken in her home. Sue Davidson, the 20/20 Christchurch manager and accredited ICDL tester, says “Princes is highly motivated which helps! She has been studying ICDL on her own at home, with phone guidance. “ Read more at Kiwiskills

  • Subsidised broadband Spark Jump bridges Digital Divide in Massey

    Spark and the 20/20 Trust have announced that subsidised broadband is now available in Massey, through Colwill School’s Community Hub, so more students can keep up with the digital skills necessary for today. As classroom learning goes digital, students without broadband at home are at risk of being left behind. Spark Jump enables more school-aged children to go online outside of classroom hours and get on the right side of the Digital Divide. Read more at Stepping Up

  • Computers in Homes Half-year Report January 2017

    Half year report and a new approach

    This is the introduction to the Computers in Homes half-year report, now available for download (.pdf, 3.8MB) and in print. Sixteen years ago when the first families graduated from a Computers in Homes programme, the 20/20 Trust set out on a mission to help connect every family with school-aged children to the internet and provide parents Read more at Computers in Homes

  • Year 5/6 students at Solway School with their new Chromebooks. Photo credit: Year 5/6 Kauri Class

    Solway School wins Chromebooks in schools survey draw

    Solway School in Masterton has won 10 Acer Chromebooks in a prize draw for schools that completed the 2016/17 Digital Technologies in Schools survey. The school was drawn at random from the 464 schools that completed the survey, managed by the 20/20 Trust. Read more

  • Summer Learning Journey whānau and supporters at graduation

    Summer Learning Journey: learning outside school

    Briar Kopa, our Wellington/Hutt Valley coordinator, talks about a recent summer programme to maintain literacy levels: “Our pilot ‘Summer Learning Journey’ programme has now concluded with an amazing outcome for all. Towards the end of last year, Computers in Homes teamed up with Spark, Te Awakairangi Access (TAKA) Trust, Hutt City Council & Taita Clubhouse Read more at Computers in Homes

  • LeeAnne has used her new ICDL skills to secure a job.

    LeeAnne’s KiwiSkills success led to a job she loves

    When LeeAnne Baker was ready to return to work after seven years, she wanted better computer skills and did not have the confidence to apply for a job. After passing a basic level computer course, her tutors recommended that she undertook the KiwiSkills ICDL programme. This free programme for jobseekers includes four ICDL training modules. Read more at Kiwiskills