Building digital literacy and inclusion in New Zealand

New Zealanders fully participating in our digital world.
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 >
  • Lal Cinzah with his proud parents. Photo: Fairfax Media NZ / Nelson Mail.

    World Refugee Day: meet Lal Cinzah

    Refugee Connect helps 130 refugee families each year. On World Refugee Day 2017, we feature the story of one of the participants. In 2007 teenager Lal and his family were helped with computer, internet and digital skills by the 20/20’s Refugee Connect programme. Lal Cinzah has since graduated with Honours from Canterbury University, the first Civil Engineering graduate from New Zealand’s Chin community. Read more

  • Juliana was a refugee, now helps Refugee Connect

    Less than seven years ago, Juliana Gjo arrived in New Zealand as a refugee, from Burma. Now, after completing a degree, Juliana Gjo has become one of our regular interpreters and family liaison workers. She works with our refugee programme at e-Learning Porirua, helping other refugees find their feet in a strange country. A welcome in Read more at Computers in Homes

  • Bar grpah showing Reasons for not connecting to the internet 2012 to 2016: cost has come down to 12%, No Service to 8%, while Not Ready and Undecided are both around 17%; and Other has brown to nearly 40%

    Internet Connection – researching the invisible barrier

    Internet access is a key enabler of digital inclusion. It’s one that most people take for granted, yet between 8 and 9% of New Zealanders do not use the internet, and 22% on our programme decline a connection. We research and reveal reasons why. Read more

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    New Zealand’s Digital Inclusion Challenge: Beyond Computers in Homes

    20/20 Trust has outlined its view of the future for digital inclusion in New Zealand and its development and piloting of, and transition to, a new approach in its work for digital inclusion. The new approach retains the core elements of Computers in Homes that have worked well in the past – local community engagement and building digital confidence – and offers greater flexibility in how the needs of specific communities are met. Read more

  • Eight more libraries offer Stepping UP

    Eight more libraries, from Waiheke to Invercargill, have recently started Stepping UP. They join over 50 libraries and community technology centres already offering Stepping UP – free computer & internet training for adults, in easy steps relevant to their life and interests, in informal, friendly classes. Sue Kini, 20/20 Trust’s Stepping UP product manager, spoke at the Associated Public Library Managers annual conference in Rotorua … Read more at Stepping Up

  • 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

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    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