Samsung has announced financial sponsorship of two Australian youth charities as part of its DigitAll Hope program.
DigitAll Hope is a regional initiative to help bridge the digital divide in India, South East Asia and Australia. The vendor is spending around $900,000 on the initiative.
Financial support for the year 2003-4 was donated to the Fitzroy Computer Clubhouse and The Smith Family’s Ignite! For Youth programs.
Managing director, Samsung Electronics Australia, Je Seung Park, said: “The digital divide raises important issues for the future of our youth.
Access to a range of technologies and the opportunity to learn the skills to use them are essential if we are to properly address social disadvantage.
“Ignite! For Youth and the Fitzroy Computer Clubhouse are outstanding projects working hard to address the digital divide in Australia. We’re very pleased to be able to support them at this important stage of their program development.”
“It’s difficult to overestimate how important access to technology and computer skills is to young people, especially those from disadvantaged communities,” coordinator of the Fitzroy Computer Clubhouse, Kerry Finlayson, said.
“Through communication technologies, young people can build a wider range of relationships, learn about the world we live in and develop the skills needed to succeed in the modern world.”