New map proposed for digital inclusion initiatives in New Zealand

Day Zero of NetHui saw the 2020 Trust launch a drive to map digital inclusion projects across New Zealand. Vanisa Dhiru, Executive Director, explains, “The sector needs a better understanding of who is working with communities to build and grow digital skills. There are great projects happening across the country but many remain unknown.” ... 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

Get South Auckland Online, Learning and Connected!

People living in the four Auckland Local Board areas that make up The Southern Initiative  (TSI) are among the most digitally disconnected in New Zealand. According to the 2013 Census 38% of the 74,904 households in TSI do not have an internet connection in their homes.  This compares with a national (and Auckland-wide) average of 15%.  Since NetHui ... Read more

Lyall Bay students recognised for Living Heritage site

Seven year 5 and 6 students at Lyall Bay School received certificates at a special assembly held at the school today to recognise their efforts in creating the latest Living Heritage site.  The students chose the subject of School Milk and created a very informative site about the history of milk in New Zealand schools (the ... Read more

Dunedin wins Gigatown and commits to close the digital divide

The Hon Amy Adams announced Dunedin as the successful Gigatown at a function hosted by Chorus this evening.  Mayor Dave Cull was on hand along with Digital Community Trust Chair, Peter Hills, to accept the Award. Other finalists were Gisborne, Nelson, Timaru and Wanaka. Outcome 3 of Dunedin’s digital plan, submitted as part of the ... Read more