In a significant step towards connecting every school to the Internet, Sierra Leone has announced that it will send its first batch of technologists for training and development at the Giga Technology Center in Barcelona, Spain.
Φ-lab and UNICEF enhance their collaboration with new resources for global child connectivity project
As part of its joint initiatives with ESA Φ-lab, UNICEF is appointing two researchers to work on a project that forms part of the UN Secretary-General’s Digital Cooperation Roadmap. The project maps current access to electricity and the Internet for schools around the world in support of an ambitious UNICEF target to provide connectivity for every child by 2030.
First-grader Nurislam, and fourth-grader Nurzada, walk several kilometers through the scenic mountains of Tian Shan every day on a donkey to attend classes at the Kylych Rysmendiev school, in the village of Lahol, Naryn region.
Request for proposals: market assessment for satellite-based solutions to connect schools in Kazakhstan
UNICEF Kazakhstan is looking for national or international institutions to help with market assessments and feasibility studies for satellite-based connectivity projects in high- and middle-income countries, with a focus on Kazakhstan.
The Government of Niger has launched a landmark Request for Proposals (RFP) to connect 1,000 schools and 300 health centers to high-speed, sustainable, and affordable internet, and is looking for eligible and qualified bidders to join them in this transformative journey.
Giga is looking for a vendor (company) to develop an open-source prototype for a “Connectivity Credit Marketplace”, employing a tokenization model to incentivize service providers to extend Internet connectivity to underprivileged communities in emerging markets.
The Government of Belize officially partnered with Giga: a global initiative by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity, and choice.
Giga supports governments by providing procurement advice and documentation for sourcing meaningful and affordable school connectivity. Here are the key requirements for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to take into consideration when participating in competitive bidding processes.
In many countries, the universal service fund (USF) is a tool used by the government to fund projects that increase access to telecommunication services in remote and underprivileged areas. These funds are often collected annually from contributions by telecommunications providers, which are typically computed based on their annual revenue.
Internet access is critical for education. Having it means access to information and all the opportunities that information brings – from exposure to new ways of learning to engaging with the world beyond one’s own community.
The year 2022 was a big one for the Giga team, as UNICEF and ITU school initiative picked up momentum on tackling one of the most challenging, pervasive issues of our time – connecting schools to the internet by 2030 and every young person to information, opportunity, and choice.
Giga, a UNICEF-ITU initiative, works to connect every school in the world to the internet by 2030. Giga utilize as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to build a decentralized and open-source database of schools worldwide.