UNICEF And ITU’s Giga Initiative Aims To Connect The World’s Schools To The Internet

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the largest disruptor of education in history, exposing widening inequalities.

When schools shut down around the world, many switched to remote instruction. And yet one-third of students — at least 463 million globally, according to a new UNICEF report — were unable to access it. 

UNICEF got to work, keeping children learning through TV, radio and other innovative delivery methods. The flexibility and interactivity of online instruction makes it the more popular alternative to in-person classes, but it requires internet access. And far too many students lack that connectivity. 

Closing the digital divide requires global cooperation, leadership and innovation 

Even before the appearance of COVID-19, UNICEF recognized the need to address

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