Critical first step in mapping school connectivity

Global Partnership with UNICEF

School connectivity

Challenge

The need for connectivity in schools has never been more apparent. The deepening digital divide is one of the many inequalities that the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), 360 million young people currently do not have access to the internet. This results in exclusion, fewer resources to learn, and limited opportunities for the most vulnerable children and youth to fulfill their potential.

Solution

Since its establishment in 2010, Ericsson's Connect To Learn program aims to improve access to inclusive, quality education for all through the use of ICT. In line with this mission, Ericsson is partnering with UNICEF to support their joint efforts with ITU on the Giga initiative, to connect every school to the internet, and every young person to information, opportunity and choice. Ericsson is contributing to this global partnership with its unique connectivity intelligence and data science capabilities, as well as financial support. Additionally, Ericsson will engage its extensive customer base in the school connectivity mapping project to further advance the mission.

Impact

As part of the Giga initiative, UNICEF aims to establish connectivity gaps across 35 countries by the end of 2023. This is the critical first step in connecting every school to the internet, as championed by Giga.

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Ericsson and UNICEF launch global partnership to map school internet connectivity.Three-year initiative to identify connectivity gaps in 35 countries is a critical first step in connecting every school to the internet
 
 
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“The deepening digital divide is one of the many inequalities that the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored. School closures, coupled with limited or non-existent opportunities for remote learning, have upended children’s education worldwide. Our partnership with Ericsson will bring us closer to giving every child and young person access to digital learning opportunities.”

- Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Deputy Executive Director, Partnerships, UNICEF