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UNICEF and Liquid Intelligent Technologies launch a partnership to help Giga bridge the digital divide in Africa

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UNICEF and Liquid Intelligent Technologies launch a partnership to help Giga bridge the digital divide in Africa

The UNICEF-ITU Giga Initiative echoes Liquid‘s sentiment to create a digitally resilient economy in Kenya and Africa in general.

NAIROBI, Kenya, December 1, 2021 / APO Group / –

UNICEF and Liquid Intelligent Technologies (www.Liquid.Tech), a company of Cassava Technologies, a pan-African technology group, today announced a partnership in support of Giga’s work to connect all schools to the Internet and all young people to information and education. opportunities. and choice.

Liquid will share anonymous data to support Giga’s work in mapping (https://bit.ly/3Efe3Ka) the location and connectivity status of schools in Africa. Liquid will also share information with Giga about the schools’ proximity to telecommunications infrastructure and help develop a connectivity monitoring platform. The resulting information will provide a basis for a better targeted investment to connect schools, even in hard-to-reach areas.

The partnership will initially focus on Kenya, but will aim to incorporate other liquid markets over time, including South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.

“This partnership with Liquid will allow our Giga team to gain a deeper understanding of the connectivity landscape in Kenya and Africa,” said Thomas Davin, Director of UNICEF’s Office of Innovation. “That knowledge will help UNICEF to have more schools online, giving children access to the opportunities they need to thrive.”

Ben Roberts, Group Director of Technology and Innovation at Liquid Intelligent Technologies, said: “The UNICEF and ITU Giga Initiative echoes Liquid’s sentiment to create a digitally resilient economy in Kenya and Africa in general. There is no better place to start than our schools that shape the minds of our children, thus ensuring our future. Through our expertise in the digital and telecommunications landscape, we will support UNICEF in its effort to map school connectivity data in Kenya by providing real-time figures to measure impact. This initiative also reiterates the vision of our parent company, Cassava Technologies, to create a digitally connected continent that leaves no Africans behind. ”

About half of the world’s population still does not have meaningful access to the Internet (https://bit.ly/3llxFVy). UNICEF and Liquid are committed to addressing this digital divide, which has widened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Giga has already mapped more than 1 million schools and their connectivity around the world and has connected more than 3,000 schools.

Liquid has connected 4,000 schools to the Internet in Africa. The company aims to continue empowering schools with digital technology and has mapped 150,000 schools across the continent. A public record of this data collection can be accessed at https://schools.Liquid.Tech/

Giga is part of UNICEF’s broader Reimagine Education initiative, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Common Agenda (https://bit.ly/31kwz5n) and the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation (https: // bit. ly / 3o8uKRB), and ITU Partner2 Connect (https: //bit.ly/3IjQMcq) Coalition. It has the potential to transform efforts to bridge the digital divide, providing a layer of connectivity on which digital empowerment initiatives can be built.

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