• The Concept

    Connecting all primary, secondary and post-secondary schools to ICTs by 2015 was one of the targets set by world leaders at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Connect a School, Connect a Community is a public-private partnership launched by ITU to promote broadband Internet connectivity for schools in developing countries around the world.  Why focus on schools?  Because connected schools can serve as community ICT centres for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, including women and girls.

  • How the Toolkit is Organized

    The Toolkit of Best Practices and Policy Advice has been designed to share best practices on school connectivity with government decision-makers including national Ministries of Communication, National ICT Regulatory Authorities, Ministries of Education and School Administrators.  

    Currently, the Toolkit contains two modules, one on policies and regulations to promote school connectivity and the second is on designing low cost computing device programmes.

    In the future the Toolkit will add modules on:

  • How the Training Materials are Organized

    This section of the Connect a School, Connect a Community platform is designed to share training materials, applications and other tools to be used by connected schools and their community ICT centres. The objective is that ITU and its partners will freely share materials with schools and community ICT centres through this platform.  Once inside this section of the online platform, users can follow the links to share their materials.

Secretary-General and President of Rwanda Pose with ITU Youth Forum

Secretary-General and President of Rwanda Pose with ITU Youth Forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) and Paul Kagame (second from left of Mr. Ban), President of Rwanda, pose with participants of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Youth Forum.

Date: Mon, 2009-Oct-05
ITU Youth Forum Held in Geneva

ITU Youth Forum Held in Geneva

Participants of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Youth Forum wear shirts emblazoned with the logo for the "Connect a School, Connect a Community" initiative. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the initiative, whose goal is to help countries connect all schools to broadband Internet services by the year 2015, in his address to the forum.

Date: Mon, 2009-Oct-05

Secretary-General Addresses ITU Youth Forum

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at podium) delivered a speech at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Youth Forum in which he joked about being the first Secretary-General to use Twitter and highlighted the "Connect a School, Connect a Community" initiative, whose goal is to help countries connect all schools to broadband Internet services by 2015. President of Rwanda Paul Kagame (second from left, seated) also attended the forum.

Date: Mon, 2009-Oct-05
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