COVID-19 – Dr Angela Lim, Chair 20/20 Trust

Tēnā koutou,

In these difficult circumstances that the COVID-19 Pandemic has played across the globe. It is important to acknowledge the impact it has had on the 20/20 Trust and more specifically our people. To play our part in “Flattening the Curve”, we have decided to not take on new classes until we can do so in a manner that promotes social distancing and reduces the spread of the COVID-19 infection in our communities.

The Board acknowledges that during this period of uncertainty, it can be very difficult for our staff. We want to be as supportive as possible, and work together as a team. One of the ways we are doing so is the Board’s Risk and Audit committee now meets weekly instead of bi-monthly to help the organisation as an extra pair of eyes, brains and hands.

We recognise that COVID-19 has already had negative flow on effects to some of our referral partners. We extend the invitation to work more closely together in this time, so that we can ride through it together in a bigger and stronger waka.

However, in times of adversity, we often see the human spirit triumph. It has been heartening for the Board to hear of facilitators and coordinators excited to innovate in how we could continue delivering our digital literacy classes moving forward. We thank our funders for their patience and commitment to working together with us in figuring out our next steps.

As the rest of the country moves towards going online to work remotely and try as best to have some semblance of normalcy. We see this disruption particularly affecting the digital excluded communities. As schools consider potential closures, our data indicates about 25,000 to 30,000 families with 70,000 to 80,000 school-aged children, will be shut out from participating effectively.

It is times like this, that acutely reminds the 20/20 Trust of why we are still here and to do our part to ensuring that Ka taea tātou katoa o Aotearoa ka mahi ai i te ao matihiko (Every person in New Zealand is able to fully participate in the digital world).

Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe; e kore tō tātou waka e ū ki uta. Together we will get there.

Ngā mihi maioha,

Angela Lim
Chair of 20/20 Trust