Rwanda selected as test land for global school connectivity initiative in Africa

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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have selected Rwanda as a test land in Africa for their Giga initiative, which aims to provide internet connectivity to schools across the world.

In 2019, ITU and UNICEF joined forces in a bid to connect every school to the Internet by 2030. Giga will bring the power of meaningful connectivity to fast track young people’s access to educational resources and opportunities. The initiative will make sure every child is equipped with the digital public goods they need and empowered to shape the future they want.​

The Minister of ICT and Innovation in Rwanda, Paula Ingabire announced that she is looking forward to working with all the partners. She further emphasized that such collaborations are needed more than ever to accelerate connectivity roll out & easy, affordable access to learning opportunities for our children.

According to Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the Director of ITU’s telecoms development bureau, Rwanda was selected regarding its ICT policy that helped improve access to the internet and digital services in the country. On the national agenda, Rwanda has succeeded in deploying 7,000 km of optical fibre, extending 4G Internet coverage to 96% of the populace.

Costs have also been lowered to enable the majority of the population to access digital services. In the education sector, computers were distributed to students. Through the Rwanda Education Board (REB), 250,000 computers have been distributed to 1,624 of the 2,909 targeted schools.

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