Will we leave them behind?

Literacy Day – Rethinking literacy in a digital world

The 20/20 Trust welcomes ‘literacy in a digital world’ as the focus for UNESCO’s International Literacy Day on 8 September.  Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, says digital technologies open vast new opportunities – but can marginalize those who lack essential skills, like literacy, needed to navigate them. “We couldn’t agree more,” said Laurence Millar, Chair of the 20/20 Trust.  “This is why we recently released a Digital Inclusion Manifesto … ... Read more

NetHui 2017 update and fellowships (help with costs)

Want to come to NetHui (9-10 November) but can’t afford to? NetHui fellowships help pay for travel, accommodation, childcare, registration or other expenses. Applications close on 20 September. This year’s fellowships focus on bringing more youth, women and Māori and Pasifika people to NetHui. ... Read more

New 20/20 logo (white on dark blue)

Digital Capability – escaping poverty and building for our future

20/20 Trust today released a Digital Inclusion Manifesto (https://2020.org.nz/manifesto/): All New Zealanders with affordable access to the internet and the skills and confidence to use digital technologies for learning, for work and for life. 20/20 Trust Chair, Laurence Millar said there is widespread community support for these goals, but few government-funded programmes specifically address New Zealand’s digital divide. “Our Manifesto calls on government to prioritise digital inclusion and skills… ... Read more

Fake News, Cyber Bullying and Digital Inclusion of concern in NZ

New research released yesterday by InternetNZ shows that 74% New Zealanders  surveyed are concerned about Cyber Bullying, 64% about ‘fake news’,  and 50% are concerned about Digital Divide / Digital Inclusion. InternetNZ annually commissions market research company UMR to conduct research on Kiwis’ thoughts and attitudes to the Internet, including our hopes and fears of it. ... Read more

New tool maps Digital Divide in New Zealand

A new map that clearly shows where digital divides exist in New Zealand is now available. The 20/20 Trust and InternetNZ teamed up to build an interactive map called the Digital Divide Map.  The colour-coded ‘HEAT’ map shows the different digital divides facing New Zealanders and their communities and complements the 20/20 Trust’s existing Digital Inclusion map. You can see Internet infrastructure access, digital skill gaps and socioeconomic divides broken down by area units across New Zealand. ... Read more

Computers in Homes participant and then trainer, Ross Timpene, at a graduation ceremony.

Computer skills learnt and then taught

In 2009 Ross Tipene participated in the first Computers in Homes programme in Northland. Ross (now a qualified teacher) creates a truly personalised training experience for his own Computers in Homes class at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rawhiti Roa. ... Read more

Left to right - Tim Davies-Colley (Executive Project Manager - e-Learning Porirua), Vailogua Futi, Vai's daughter and Foundation Trustee Wendy Betteridge at e-Learning's Graduation 70 for Computers in Homes .

Computer literacy helps Samoan family

A recent Computers in Homes student, Vailogoua Futi, a mother of four who migrated from Samoa in May 2016, tells her story: When we just arrived in New Zealand in May this year, I found out that it was really hard for me and my kids to re-settle and ... Read more

Linda speaks at her Auckland Graduation

New computer skills help Auckland mum get job

As the 20/20 Trust’s Computers on Homes programme in its current form ends, we tell the stories of some of the 19,000 participants, and see the outcome of participation for them. Today, an Auckland mum talks about her involvement and how it helped. I was a little bit lost “Before I graduated from Computers in ... Read more

Lal Cinzah with his proud parents. Photo: Fairfax Media NZ / Nelson Mail.

World Refugee Day: meet Lal Cinzah

Refugee Connect helps 130 refugee families each year. On World Refugee Day 2017, we feature the story of one of the participants. In 2007 teenager Lal and his family were helped with computer, internet and digital skills by the 20/20’s Refugee Connect programme. Lal Cinzah has since graduated with Honours from Canterbury University, the first Civil Engineering graduate from New Zealand’s Chin community. ... Read more