Giga – connect every school to the internet

Lehrer verwendet ein Computertablett als Nachschlagewerk, um Kindern das menschliche Verdauungssystem zu erklären.
Lehrer verwendet ein Computertablett als Nachschlagewerk, um Kindern das menschliche Verdauungssystem zu erklären.

Connect every school to the internet

Giga is a global infrastructure initiative to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity, and choice.

Since its inception in 2019, Giga has made an impact on the lives of children by connecting schools to the Internet. By December 2023, we had:


Students connected

2.4 Mio.

schools connected

5,800

Partners working together

15

Giga is already one of the most impactful UN initiatives of all time, with 2.4 million students connected to the internet globally in only three years.  



About Giga 

Giga is a global UNICEF and ITU (International Telecom Union) initiative to connect every school to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity, and choice. 

1.3 billion children have no access to the Internet at home, and only around half of the world’s schools are online. This digital exclusion particularly affects the poorest, girls and those with disabilities. It causes learners to miss out on resources online, the option to learn remotely (e.g. during pandemics or instability), and the opportunity to develop digital skills. UNICEF and ITU have therefore joined forces to create Giga, an initiative to address inequality and connect every school in the world to the Internet.

Only by working together can we make this happen: Giga welcomes engagement from multi-national corporations, national companies and small to medium-sized businesses, technology providers, donors, and finance experts.

Schüler lernen mit Tablets in einer Schule in Niamey.


Giga in action: First, we map, then we build infrastructure

  • Giga maps schools’ Internet access. No one knows how many schools there are in the world (estimate: 6-7 million). This is why Giga’s Project Connect map provides a real-time display of access. To date, Giga has mapped over 2.1 million schools in 140 countries.
  • Giga creates models for innovative financing. The initiative has already secured the support of 15 partners to develop solutions for affordable, sustainable connectivity.
  • Giga helps governments design the regulatory frameworks and competitive procurement processes needed to get schools online. Since 2019, Giga and its partners have connected over 2.4 million students in over 5,800 schools.

 

Giga provides an interactive world map that displays the location and connectivity status of all schools known to Giga.



Donations & partners: How to get involved

To help reach its ambitious goals, Giga needs:

  • Engagement and leadership from multi-national corporations, national companies, small to medium-sized businesses, foundations, and major donors; 
  • Both governments and technology companies to share data sets to help with open source mapping;
  • Governments to join the 30 countries already connecting schools as part of the Giga initiative and to work with Giga to implement the regulatory changes needed to allow universal connectivity and infrastructure innovations to thrive.

Giga seeks donations from multi-national corporations, national companies and small to medium-sized businesses, foundations, and major donors:

CONNECT SCHOOLS TO THE INTERNET

  • With CHF 3,200 you keep one school connected for one year
  • With CHF 4,500 you connect one school and its surroundings 
  • With CHF 7,100 you give connectivity to one school for the first time 
How much would you like to donate?

 

Switzerland is proud to host the Giga Headquarters in Geneva. In supporting Giga, Switzerland is at the forefront of building a global community of purpose and improving connectivity worldwide. Strategically located in Geneva, Giga’s HQ is also in close proximity to relevant UN organizations. 

Spain is the second host country. Giga’s Technology Center is located in Barcelona, close to technology partners and important tech events.

Partners: Ericsson, Musk Foundation, IHS, Dubai Cares, Dell Technology, Actual, BCG, nic.br cgi.br, GSMA, SoftBank, Meta, Liquid, Jumia, Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office, Government of Latvia.

Bettina Junker

 

«1.3 billion children have no access to the Internet at home and only around half of the world’s schools are online. It is crucial to generate and support innovative initiatives: Let’s make sure that all young people are ready to learn, work, and thrive.»

Bettina Junker, Executive Director UNICEF Switzerland and Liechtenstein


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