The Innovation Partnership released a discussion document today about its vision for a digital New Zealand. This aligns well with the 2020 Trust’s mission – Enabling New Zealanders to fully participate in a digital world. The Innovation Partnership’s vision has three outcomes:
(1) a digitally capable generation;
(2) a digitally capable economy; and
(3) a digitally capable government.
The discussion document draws on Census data provided by the 2020 Trust about the extent of the digital disconnect in households with school-aged children. The 2013 Census revealed that 62, 000 households with school-aged children did not have access to the internet in their homes. This affects over 200,000 children or nearly 30% of all children at school. The discussion document points out that “in an age where information and education live online, basic connectivity is essential to educational achievement, and every student and pupil should be able to use the internet for their education.” We agree 100%!
The Innovation Partnership is a group of organisations that share a vision where the potential of the Internet can be unleashed to increase educational achievement, drive business productivity and growth and make Government more efficient and accessible. The Innovation Partnership is facilitated by Google and includes representatives from ATEED, NZTE, Manaiakalani Trust, Business NZ, Google, InternetNZ, Nga Pu Waea, Crown Fibre Holdings, Local Government NZ and MBIE. It is chaired by Murray Sherwin.