2020 Communications Trust

The 2020 Communications Trust is a registered Charitable Trust established in 1996, initially to fulfil a variety of digital literacy projects and obligations set out under the Wellington City Council’s InfoCity project.

Since then, the Trust’s reach has expanded nationally via a number of highly acclaimed initiatives – each has a particular focus on empowering people to use ICT as a pathway to engage more fully in the communities, their countries and in today’s global village.

The ongoing aim of the Trust is to promote dialogue and understanding through local action. Separate regional trusts have subsequently been established to ensure local responsiveness.

Collectively, this network of Trustees, along with our affiliates, operates under a common mission: To help ALL New Zealanders benefit from the opportunities of the new digital era – especially from the internet.

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Projects 2011
Computers in Homes for Refugee Families

Computers in Homes Programme (CIH) in New Zealand turned 10 years old in 2010.
This digital literacy programme began as a pilot project in 2000, in the lowest-income community in the country, its purpose being to raise the literacy level of children from low decile schools.

Government new settler programmes have incorporated CIH into their education strategy for newly arrived refugees, with the additional support of interpreters, family liaison workers, transportation and babysitting to remove barriers to participation. It is envisaged that the access to information for new settlers and the engagement with their children’s schools will assist families to readjust to a new country and become part of the wider community.

The Ministry of Education contracts 2020 Communications Trust to provide refurbished computers and 12 months broadband to 80- 100 refugee background families nationally per year. It also contracts a regional training provider to deliver the training component, employ family liaison and provide technical support to families during their first 12 months of having a computer. Introduced in 2004, the initiative targets refugee background communities in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Nelson.

The initiative aims to achieve:

    • greater self-confidence in using IT resources
    • improved child/parent and home/school relationships
    • families accessing educational resources relevant to their language and cultural backgrounds.
    • improved literacy and numeracy for refugee children and their families
    • improved communication skills.

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