RAD (Recycle a Device) is an initiative that has been helping rangatahi to develop the skills to refurbish laptops and also helps address the digital divide as the refurbished laptops are gifted to rangatahi and whānau in the community where they are repaired.
Having a laptop is critical to accessing education, services and participate in daily life, and RAD does this by encouraging kaitiakitanga. RAD sources unwanted laptops and diverts them frome-waste, rangatahi refurbish them, and then these fit-for-purpose laptops are gifted to whānau who need them most.
Tōnui Collab have partnered with (Digital Future Aotearoa) and Remojo Tech - co-creators of RAD - to bring RAD to te Tairāwhiti.
In December 2022, Tōnui Collab and Remojo Tech ran two training days for rangatahi to come together and learn how to refurbish laptops and to start planning 2023 operations. During the one-day RAD Training, rangatahi were introduced to the key parts of a device, they started pulling a part laptops and learned how to use some necessary tools; they also learned about diagnostic testing to identify what is wrong with the laptops and start repairing them.
In 2023, we will be starting a RAD Club so that rangatahi can meeting regularly to repair, refurbish, and recycle devices for our community in te Tairāwhiti. If you are interested in supporting or taking part in the RAD Club, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org