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
Participants interested in attending this Seminar are requested
to complete and return the Registration Form by 30
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
Sharing Form for Connect a School, Connect a Community
by 30 April 2010.
information contact Special Initiatives e-mail: