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Giga – Connecting Every School to the Internet

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ITU and UNICEF have joined forces in a bid to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity and choice.

Launched in 2019, Giga sets the goal of providing connectivity to every school in the world. Some 2.9 billion people in the world do not have access to the Internet. The lack of access to the Internet means exclusion, marked by the lack of access to the wealth of information available online, fewer resources to learn and to grow, and limited opportunities for the most vulnerable children and youth to fulfill their potential. Closing the digital divide requires global cooperation, leadership, and innovation in finance and technology.​​​

Giga will bring the power of me​​aningful connectivity to fast track young people’s access to educational resources and opportunities. Giga ​will make sure every child is equipped with the digital public goods they need, and empowered to shape the future they want.

Giga also serves as a platform to create the infrastructure necessary to provide digital connectivity to an entire country, for every community, and for every citizen. It is about using schools to identify demand for connectivity, as well as using schools as an analogy for learning and connecting where the community can come together and support its next generation in a world where we are all increasingly digital, where the skills that are required are not formal ones, necessarily, and where learning happens continuously.

The Giga initiative consists of four pillars: Map, Connect, Finance, and Empower.

Giga Pillars