Mapping schools worldwide to bring Internet connectivity: the ‘GIGA’ initiative gets going
By Martin Schaaper – Recently, I participated in a training programme to learn ways to identify and map the location of a learning institution and the level of internet connectivity available.
Held in Jolly Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda, the training provided a great learning experience to understand what it takes to put schools on a map, from a technical perspective, and the available tools and software.
The ProjectConnect training was part of GIGA, a unique partnership launched by ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology and UNICEF, the UN Children’s agency. The project aims at mapping the connectivity of all existing schools as a step towards ensuring that every school is connected to fast and reliable internet.
Announced during the UN General Assembly meetings in September 2019, it is the vision of this initiative to ensure that every child is equipped with the information, skills and services they need to shape the future they want in the digital era.
Latest data from ITU indicate that up to 3.6 billion people remain offline, with the majority of the unconnected living in least developed countries where just two out of ten people are online. more>
- Futurecasters 2020 Young Global Visionaries – youth bring their energy and their voice to ITU debates, Doreen Bogdan-Martin
- ITU Guidelines for national emergency telecommunication plans
- Digital Economy Paves the Way for Sustainable Development in Morocco, albawaba.com
- Lebanon’s cybersecurity strategy emerges, Sevan Araz, mei.edu
- ITU News Magazine
- A Drone’s-Eye View of the Quick and the Dead, Sophie Bushwick, scientificamerican.com
- Rural internet connectivity programme benefits rural parishes in Azuay, commsupdate.com
- China has started a grand experiment in AI education. It could reshape how the world learns, Karen Hao, technologyreview.com
- Towards a global Index for Smart Sustainable Cities: Working group to meet in Austria
- ITU PODCASTS: Technology for Good #1 Climate Change, soundcloud.com [AUDIO]