2.2 Regional initiatives

Around the world, several regional initiatives have been initiated to promote school connectivity. Some have evolved from international initiatives such as the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Some initiatives to achieve school connectivity are international, but not necessarily global. These initiatives are often regional, combining the resources of a group of countries with common interests in promoting educational and ICT gains. Some of these regional initiatives have been pioneered by: (1) the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, (2) the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), (3) the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), and (4) the European Union.

There is also the phenomenon of Regional and National Research and Education Networks, which seek to offer high-speed, high-quality Internet connections for research and education. These RRENs and NRENs are addressed in section 2.2.5

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