Government of Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona and UNICEF and ITU working to establish Giga Technology Centre in Barcelona
The Government of Spain, the Catalonia Regional Government, and the City of Barcelona in collaboration with UNICEF and ITU are meeting this week to further develop plans for the establishment a Giga Technology Centre in Barcelona.
Orateng Mothowamadi is a 15-year-old student at Tshwaragano Junior Secondary School in Maun and among 370,000 students who have benefitted from a connect the school initiative driven by the Government of Botswana in collaboration with UNICEF and Giga.
Giga seeks a robust and flexible tool that produces cost estimates for global school connectivity projects.
Giga and the Government of Uzbekistan are looking for local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to implement an innovative, sustainable and scalable model in which schools act as ‘connectivity hubs’ and redistribute internet access to local communities within a 5-kilometer radius.
Today we are celebrating the International Day of Girls in ICTs, an annual event to help girls access the digital tools they need to thrive in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. This year’s theme of ‘Access and Safety’ is closely linked to Giga’s mission to give every child the chance to access the Internet and digital environment in a safe way.
In coordination with UNICEF Honduras and the Ministry of Education, Giga has launched a pilot project to connect 24 public schools in 7 departments of Honduras to the Internet. Telecommunications company América Móvil (Claro) will provide the Internet connectivity for an initial two-year period.
Giga has now helped over 1 million learners get life-changing access to the Internet. Working with 14 corporate and non-profit partners, the initiative has connected over 3,200 schools since its launch in 2019.
In collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone, Giga has launched a second Request for Proposals (RFP) to select suppliers to enter a Long-Term Agreement (LTA) for the provision of internet connectivity services to public schools to increase access to digital learning.
Giga’s 1,000 Patchwork Kingdoms shine a spotlight on digital inequality around the world. They have so far raised over US$700,000 to help get schools online.
Thanks to a challenge run by Omdena, we now have a model that can identify schools in Sudan from satellite imagery with 95% accuracy.
Zardaly, an isolated village up in the mountains in Southern Kyrgyzstan, is home to about 150 people who live without electricity and communication. A mountain trail is the only direct route to Zardaly and donkeys are the most reliable form of transport.
In collaboration with the Palestine Authority, Giga has launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select suppliers to connect the remaining unconnected schools in the West Bank.