Moving full speed, raising public and private funding, to connect every school by putting forward several countries as “accelerated” actors in Giga.
Giga is now active in three regions. Below are the key highlights and updates.
- Signed on as the “Regional Lead” for Central Asia in January 2020 and the first financial model is being developed for this region.
- A Giga Regional Centre and regional team in Nur-Sultan has been established to implement the initiative.
- 7,398 schools have been integrated into Giga’s global mapping platform.
- Giga and the Government of Kyrgyzstan has connected the remaining 690 unconnected public schools.
- Giga has also generated $200k savings/year in Kyrgyzstan. By seeing all the schools on a map, which previously didn’t exist, and their connectivity, the government renegotiated contracts, got a lower rate per Gigabyte (by 50%) for its schools, and lowered the total cost.
Eastern Caribbean states (OECS)
- 9 out of 11 countries in the Eastern Caribbean states (OECS) have completed mapping of their school connectivity.
- A Giga Regional Centre and regional team for OECS has been established to implement the initiative.
- In partnership with the OECS, Giga will enhance the connectivity of schools and develop digital public goods needed to support the new digital education vision for the Eastern Caribbean.
Working with the governments of Rwanda, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Uganda in mapping school connectivity real-time, and developing financial models to make connectivity affordable and sustainable.
- President Kagame as co-chair of the UN Broadband Commission has confirmed his support for Giga.
- Giga with the Government of Kenya is mapping school connectivity and has developed a work plan to implement Giga.
- Giga and the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation of Sierra Leone are mapping school connectivity and working toward connecting >10,900 more schools, ensuring quality education for 2.6M learners.
From global announcements to new partnerships and collaborations, here's a snapshot of Giga's progress across the globe.
UN Secretary-General's Roadmap for Digital Cooperation highlights and recommends: Giga
The UN SG Roadmap for Digital Cooperation underlines key recommendations for Digital Transformation, including UNICEF-ITU global initiative, GIGA; to bring the power of meaningful connectivity to fast track young people’s access to educational resources & opportunities.
Digital Public Goods Alliance kicked off with Norway
The Digital Public Goods Alliance, with the support of the government of Norway, is assessing, strengthening, and scaling a range of critical open source software and content that could address critical needs, especially during the current crisis.
Softbank Investment Advisory services joins Giga
Through our collaboration with Softbank Investment Advisors and industry experts, we established Giga’s financial model —developing a reliable, evidence-based model on the return of investment of connectivity, and providing advisory services to governments to build country-specific finance and delivery approaches.
Giga is anchored and recommended
In the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation: Recommendation 1B which calls for the UN to create and provide access to vital “Digital Public Goods,” and Recommendation 1A which calls for universal access to connectivity.
UN’s policy brief “The impact of Covid-19 on children” highlights Giga. This policy brief highlights and recommends the need to make game-changing investments in broadband access and digital public goods that support the continuity of child-centered service (p.15).
Establishment of the Broadband Commission Working Group on School Connectivity.
The Broadband Commission Working Group on School Connectivity was launched during the Broadband Commission Annual Fall Meeting in New York, 21-22 September 2019. Addressing the challenges and opportunities related to connecting schools around the world, this working group provides advisory and advocacy guidance on the development of Giga (as part of the Giga Advisory Group), and also serves as a key consultation group that provides advisory and advocacy guidance on the development and financing of the e-schools initiative. The Working Group is Co-chaired by: UNICEF, UNESCO and ITU.