Giga

Giga is a global initiative to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity and choice.
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Connecting the Dots
See Giga’s work in 2020 and strategic plans to effectively scale connectivity in 17 countries over 2021 and beyond.
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ITU and UNICEF have joined forces to connect every school to the Internet. 

PILLARS OF Giga

Map

In partnership with governments, Giga is mapping the connectivity demand, using schools as a base point, and identifying where there are connectivity gaps. This information, combined with existing ITU mapping data, allows countries to take stock of their existing infrastructure and assess appropriate solutions for connecting schools. Over 900,000 schools in 35 countries have been mapped, and are viewable live at www.projectconnect.world

Finance

Giga works with governments and advises them on building affordable and sustainable country-specific models for finance and delivery, subsidizing market creation costs and incentivizing private sector investment.

Connect

In partnership with industry, and based on the mapping results, Giga will advise on the best possible technical solutions to provide schools with connectivity, and countries with safe, secure, reliable, fit-for-purpose infrastructure to support future digital development needs. This includes determining the best possible solutions for last mile connectivity.

Empower

Building on the work of UNICEF’s Reimagine Education, Generation Unlimited, and the Digital Public Goods Alliance, along with ITU’s work on digital skills training, Giga will connect governments with the best-suited partners to ensure digital learning content and platforms are available for scaling, as per each country’s development priorities and in coordination with its broader national digital strategy.

GIGA: ACCELERATE

Read about connecting the first schools in each partner country