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Connect a School, Connect a Community

 

During ITU Telecom World in October 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré and the BDT Director, along with 300 youth from over 150 countries, launched the Connect a School, Connect a Community initiative. This latest BDT Flagship Initiative aims to connect all schools to broadband Internet services so that schools can also serve as community ICT centres. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for teamwork and political will to turn this goal into a reality. He said "I urge world leaders to support this effort and take the needed steps to meet the agreed targets of connecting all schools by 2015."

 

Two events related to ITU's Connect a School, Connect a Community initiative will be held in conjunction with the 2010 World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) in Hyderabad, India:
  • Connect a School, Connect a Community Seminar on Sunday, 23 May 2010 from 13h00 - 16h00 for Heads of Delegation to WTDC-10 and Experts;
  • Connect a School, Connect a Community Ministerial Roundtable on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 from 17h30 to 18h30.

Both events are designed to raise awareness and share best practices among ITU members on the importance of connecting schools and communities to broadband services.

ITU has identified and compiled best practices on policies, regulation, low cost computing devices and practical experiences in connecting schools, including establishing school-based community ICT centres. These best practices, which will be discussed during a Seminar on 23 May, are available on the Connect a School, Connect a Community website at www.connectaschool.org. Participants interested in attending this Seminar are requested to complete and return the Registration Form  by 30 April 2010.

In addition, a Ministerial Roundtable to be held on 25 May will consider outcomes of the Seminar and highlight innovative measures to connect schools and communities.

Administrations are also invited to share information on the measures they have taken to connect their schools and communities by completing and returning the Information Sharing Form for Connect a School, Connect a Community by 30 April 2010.

 

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For more information contact Special Initiatives e-mail: sis@itu.int

 

 

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