Over the next five years, we aim to digitise a million dreams across the Asia-Pacific region. This means empowering one million people with digital learning tools and opportunities to enable them to realise their dreams. In 2017, Jack saw something he could not accept - a glimpse into a world of inequality where some do not get to dream. A world where billions of people are kept apart from opportunity, kept apart from realising their dreams by an ever-growing digital divide. A digital world where postcodes determine participation. He did not accept that.
Today, we refuse to accept that any child or person should be left behind. Every person deserves their place in the digital world and the digital world deserves them. It deserves their creativity, their ideas, their capabilities. We aim to create a digitally empowered world where there are no barriers to dreams. We want every child to have access to a quality education, which can only be digital in today's world. Digital equality and empowerment for a million people. A million dreams.
Launched at our 5th Anniversary Gala Ball, our Strategic Plan for 2023-2027 outlines how we aim to enrich the lives of a million individuals with digital learning tools and opportunities by 2027.
Every second, hundreds of digital devices are thrown away around the world, while billions go without the tools they need to realise their dreams in the digital age today. I learnt this in 2019, when a young Australian, Jack Growden, came to visit me in Canberra to share LiteHaus International’s vision to create a digitally fluent global society where access to technology is equitable and prosperous for all. In educational pursuits in the digital age, access to digital technologies constitutes a fundamental human right, however this is unfortunately far from reality throughout marginalised communities across the world. For developing nations such as Papua New Guinea, having its future leaders stranded on the wrong side of a widening digital divide constrains its vision for a prosperous and equitable future.
Since 2017, LiteHaus International has intervened, advocating that a quality education can only be a digital education in today’s world. Almost 110,000 people have been empowered with digital learning tools and opportunities so far. In my country, LiteHaus International has completed 144 digital classrooms, widening possibilities for education in Papua New Guinea. This has been achieved by transforming hundreds of tonnes of ‘e-waste’ into opportunities. For children in remote villages in Papua New Guinea, many of whom walk three hours to school each morning to keep their educational dreams alive, this is immensely encouraging and rewarding. Now, LiteHaus International is looking to the dreams of some 2 billion people across Asia-Pacific experiencing digital inequality.
I commend LiteHaus International and its Board of Directors for this ambitious but achievable Strategic Plan to enrich the lives of a million people in need across Asia-
Pacific. From the Philippines, to India, to Samoa to the Outback of Australia, across more geographies and more demographies, a fairer, more equitable digital world awaits. From one dream to a million dreams…
His Excellency John Kali CMG OBE
PNG High Commissioner to Australia
Patron, LiteHaus International