20/20 Trust today welcomed the government’s announcement of a new fund to promote digital skills in homes.
“We look forward to working with the government in delivering digital inclusion programmes” said Laurence Millar of 20/20 Trust. “There are still 100,000 school-aged children without internet access at home, and they continue to be a priority group for investment. Their exclusion drives a wedge into New Zealand society, affecting education, employability and social inclusion for generations.”
The Government has recognised digital inclusion as a priority and has set an aspirational goal to close digital divides by the year 2020. More than 19,000 families have gained digital access and skills since 2001 as a result of participation in 20/20 Trust programmes, and the Trust is widely recognised as a significant contributor to digital inclusion in New Zealand.
“We have maintained our operational capability by drawing on reserves since Government funding for Computers in Homes ended in June 2017” said Mr Millar. “This announcement is the first step by the Coalition Government to address digital exclusion, and 20/20 Trust will be looking at how we can align our operations to match the expectations of the government.”