New Internet Report: The Digital Divide Persists

A new World Internet Project report (pdf, 2MB) released today by AUT concludes that many New Zealanders continue to be digitally disadvantaged.  The Executive Director of the World Internet Project in New Zealand, Dr Philippa Smith, says that the report shows the digital divide still persists.  She commented that age and household income are still ... Read more

Drop, Cover, Hold in Action at 2020 Offices

2020 Trust staff took part in today’s National Shakeout earthquake drill.  Kristina stepped up to her role as warden and Karin and Bill followed her instructions – under the desks!  They then proceeded to consume the 3-day supply of food and water.  Last seen they were gorging on the Timtams! Karin tried the emergency escape from our ... Read more

Schools receive UNESCO Living Heritage Awards

Students from three schools were presented with a UNESCO Living Heritage award at the National Digital Forum in Wellington this week.  The three schools were Paparore School from the Far North,  Tiniroto School near Gisborne and Waitakere College in Auckland.  The awards recognised the students’ creative contribution to the preservation of New Zealand’s history and ... Read more

Wellington Schools Commemorate WW1 with Living Heritage Sites

Two Wellington schools celebrated the launch of their Living Heritage websites at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park last Friday.  Students from Kilbirnie and Brooklyn schools gathered at Wellington’s new Memorial Park to receive their certificates from Mayor Celia Wade-Brown.  Both schools developed sites based on the WW100 theme “Their Names Shall Live”. Thibault Dunkin, a ... Read more

Digital literacy the key to NZ’s ICT skills shortage

The Auckland Business Leaders Group is calling on secondary schools to lift their game and embed ICT and digital literacy in the curriculum.  They point to a recent survey of 58 secondary schools with over 61,000 students that found fewer than 6% of these students were able to gain a qualification that demonstrates to a prospective employer that ... Read more

2020 Trust signs up to Lyon Declaration

The 2020 Trust resolved at its meeting on 22 December 2014 to become a signatory to The Lyon Declaration on access to information and development.    The Lyon Declaration calls upon United Nations Member States to make an international commitment through the post-2015 development agenda to ensure that everyone has access to, and is able to ... Read more

2020 Trust appoints Vanisa Dhiru as Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of 2020 Communications Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Vanisa Dhiru as Executive Director for the Trust. Vanisa is a recognised leader in the not for profit sector, most recently as Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand. “During the last three years, 2020 Trust has introduced several innovations that ... Read more

A Driver Licence Required?

Comment from David Barrow, Communications & Development Manager, Social Development Partners and 2020 Trustee, originally posted on Community.Scoop (25 November 2014) Look around the train carriage, the bus or in a cafe and see for yourself how many people are using technology these days.  Look into any high-rise office block and everyone is on a computer.  ... Read more

2020 Trust encourages Government to increase investment in digital literacy programmes for at-risk children and their families

The 2020 Trust has suggested to Government that an increased investment in digital skills programmes for at-risk families and children could make a real difference in addressing education, justice and employment challenges. The Government had invited ideas and suggestions for addressing these challenges in a Social Investment Request for Information.  Responses were required by today. In its submission, ... Read more