As part of Reo Group’s mission to lead change, we have partnered with B1G1, Dot Com Mob and CAYLUS to help provide technology education and equipment in remote Aboriginal communities. For every candidate we place we give to the Elevate a Nation project to help people in remote areas, without equitable access to digital devices and high speed internet, to learn new skills and elevate their potential.
As transformation and automation change the employment landscape and our day-to-day lives, those who don’t have access to digital devices and reliable internet will find it harder and harder to do the everyday things we take for granted. They will find it even harder to compete for jobs. We believe that businesses have the power to make a difference, to give something back to their community. Our Elevate a Nation project was born from the need to reduce the digital divide in Australia that is preventing people without adequate access from realising their potential.
Every time we place a candidate we give 50 days of technology education to remote Aboriginal communities. We do this through the Business for Good platform B1G1, whose concept of buy one, give one makes is easy for businesses to make a difference simply by doing what they usually do. After more than a decade in operation, B1G1 is now a global movement and is a way in which Reo Group can create a legacy and a project the whole team are immensely proud of.
Thanks to the support of our valued clients and candidates we have created a significant impact to the UN Sustainable Development Goals since the conception of our Elevate a Nation project.
Each quarter our contributions are updated and translated into grassroots projects via our partners in Central Australia detailed below. Our efforts translate into activity across many of the SDGs, but primarily:
Goal 4 – Quality Education
Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Reo Group CEO Stella Petrou Concha is a renowned advocate for the UN SDGs and is one of 52 changemakers who co-authored the book Legacy: The Sustainable Development Goals in Action, a collection of inspirational stories from business leaders embracing the SDGs as a pathway to a more sustainable, equitable world.
Our donations are translated into action on the ground by not-for-profit enterprises Dot Com Mob and CAYLUS (Central Australia Link Up Youth Services). Together they have set up a network of computer labs across the region, providing equipment, maintenance and expert educators. They are funded by financial donations such as ours via B1G1 and also the donation of equipment from businesses around Australia. Learning is driven by the lab users, who develop skills at their own pace and in the areas they wish to focus on. Specific equipment has been made available for music production as well as a range of devices such as desktop machines, laptops and ipads that can be used for a wide variety of purposes.
Since launching our Giving Story we have created a significant impact providing technology education and equipment in Central Australia. We have also contributed to additional projects globally in the provision of education and clean water. Our team are incredible proud of what they have contributed and as a business we have immense gratitude to the clients and candidates who made it possible.
Student Ashialee from Titree holds one of the laptops provided to students who are participating in distance learning. Accessing education is challenging in remote areas and this equipment provides a lifeline for distance education.
Kintore Kungkas performed at the Bush Bands Bush in Papunya with CAYLUS youth worker Kirsten. The band made good use of music and recording equipment provided in regional computer labs to prepare for this hugely successful event.
10 new Mac minis are now ready to replace some of the obsolete computers than have been in bush communities for a long time. The process of locating and replacing outdated machines is ongoing.
Dot Com Mob are supporting Pirrjirdi Karnte Karnte (PAW Media’s young women’s musical/digital skills development program) with funding for women’s musical mentors like Jodie and Tara (pictured) who focus on playing instruments, recording and writing music.
Dot Com Mob helped to install a portable wifi system for the Ampilatwatja community when power supply to the wifi hot spot was turned off unexpectedly due to construction. Additional supply of ipads has enabled kids to continue to learn.
Pintupi Amatjere Warlpiri (PAW) Media are running music and digital skills development workshops for women and girls in Yuendumu. These sessions build confidence and technical ability in performance, recording and production.
Dot Com Mob loaned Tjampi Desert Weavers, a social enterprise of NPY (Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjara Yankunytjatjara) Women’s Council, some ipads for a digital skills and design development workshop towards the end of 2021.
Images and project details have been kindly provided by our partners, Dot Com Mob and CAYLUS. Images have been approved for use in sharing the exciting work that is being done to provide access to digital learning and equipment in remote Aboriginal communities in Central Australia.