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New government fund for digital skills in homes welcomed

New government fund for digital skills in homes welcomed

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.”

About the 20/20 Trust

The 20/20 Trust is focused on supporting all New Zealanders to participate in the digital world - for learning, for work and for life. Our mission is to provide leadership and work with communities to deliver programmes that contribute to New Zealanders’ digital literacy, skills and inclusion. We believe every New Zealander should:

1. Have affordable access to digital devices and services so they can learn, communicate, innovate and enhance their lives.
2. Have the basic skills needed to use a digital device and access the internet.
3. Be able to safely transact and engage with businesses and government online as well as with their families and local communities.
4. Be included so no-one is left behind, meaning a focus on disadvantaged groups.
5. Be encouraged to create and publish digital content.

For further information contact Laurence Millar 021 441 461 laurence.millar@2020.org.nz

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