With the goal of making school connectivity universal and meaningful, ITU and UNICEF launched Giga in 2019: an initiative to connect all the schools in the world to the internet and every young person to information, opportunity and choice.
More than 1 billion children struggle to learn without quality (fixed) broadband access to the Internet at home, and only around half of the world’s schools are online. This digital exclusion particularly affects the poorest communities, girls and those with disabilities; causing learners to miss out on digital resources and services, the option to learn remotely (e.g. during pandemics or instability), and the opportunity to develop digital skills. UNICEF and ITU have therefore joined forces to create Giga, an initiative to connect every school in the world to the Internet and address this new form of inequality.
The Giga initiative consists of three pillars: Map, Model, and Contract.
- Map the location of schools and monitor school connectivity status in real-time
- Model the infrastructure, policies, regulations, and investments needed to deliver school connectivity
- Help governments to contract connectivity for schools