Information Technology Minister David Cunliffe has launched a Digital Strategy, a practical and achievable action plan for ensuring all New Zealanders benefit from information and communications technology (ICT).
“This strategy is about creating a digital future for all New Zealanders whether they’re at home, school, work or in the community. The government will provide nearly $60 million through the Growth and Innovation Framework to implement the Strategy as part of Budget 2005,” David Cunliffe said at the launch at Parliament.
A new ‘train the trainers’ IT (information technology) skills programme will be rolled out to community learning centres in disadvantaged communities around New Zealand over the next two years.
The new programme is a first for New Zealand and will be run by the New Zealand Unlimited Potential Learning Foundation. It will be funded through a grant of $350,000 from Microsoft, and $100,000 in support from the government, as part of the Digital Strategy (see www.beehive.govt.nz/cunliffe).
[Via Community Net Aotearoa.]