Consumables distributor Dattatech Group and its partners have announced the launch of Skills for Schools, an IT fund-raising initiative that aims to raise $250,000 for school-based programs.
The money will be raised through the sale of a technology pack, which has been put together by Dattatech, Samsung Australia, Samsung Consumables, LG Electronics, D-Link, Lan 1, Dingo Blue and Hansol.
The packs contain a PC, modem, Lotus SmartSuite Millennium Edition and Internet connection, as well as skills cards that allow candidates to attain the International Computers Driver's Licence. The bundles sell for $1995, and for every pack sold $100 goes into the fundraising pool.
The initiative also includes the annual provision of IT Careers Programs for senior students, valued at $160,000, and the development of a fully functional online support service for students, teachers, parents and communities.
The IT Careers program and funding will be offered to students and public schools in both rural and metropolitan NSW. According to Dattatech managing director Matthew Tutaki, the careers program will be particularly targeted at indigenous and disadvantaged students who attend public schools that lack IT infrastructure.
"We are particularly focusing on helping kids who can't attend TAFE or other IT courses because in some way they are disadvantaged. Having said that, the students selected for the careers program will have to show determination and a passion for IT," Tutaki said.
The initiative will be rolled out across Australia and New Zealand if it is successful in NSW. Tutaki said he is currently on the lookout for more partners that can make a relevant contribution to the initiative.