All Equity Fund launched by New Zealand’s government to improve children’s digital skills

A $6 million NZD “All Equity Fund” was launched by New Zealand’s government to improve the chances of students from underserved regions to access digital skills, tools and knowledge. The fund is part of a broader government package that has allocated millions of New Zealand dollars to improve the quality of technology courses in schools and upskill teachers to share the new curriculum.

The “All Equity Fund” is expected to support around 12,500 children a year over a period of three years. It will be used to support different organizations to deliver innovative programs that catch the students’ attention and provides them with access to more advanced digital skills. For example, Karrikins Group currently manages its “Digital Ignition” program, which leverages robots, 3D printing and coding to spark students’ interest in technology.