Equitable digital access for students
Our Equitable Digital Access for Students (EDA4S) initiative is exploring ways to provide internet access at home for the estimated 100,000 school students in 40,000 households who currently have no internet access at home.
We’re working with the NZ schools internet service provider Network for Learning (N4L) and representatives from the telecommunications sector, schools and community trusts to co-create ways we can help these students.
As part of this initiative we’re involved in a number of pilots aimed at giving more students access to the internet at home.
The pilots will help us to understand how we can work towards making digital access more equitable for New Zealand students.
Pilots are taking place at Rata Street School (external link) in Lower Hutt, Haeata Community Campus (external link) in eastern Christchurch, and in Murupara Area School in the Bay of Plenty, one of the seven schools in the Te Aka Toitu trust.
These pilots are led by community trusts who work in partnership with:
- a local school with a significant number of students living without home internet access
- the Managed Network provider N4L
- an access provider to provide a connection for the students at home
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