ICT infrastructure & connectivity

What are some examples of connectivity initiatives in low- and middle-income countries?

Report: Connecting Learning Spaces: Possibilities for Hybrid Learning

The report covers a number of enabling strategies for hybrid learning, including overcoming the digital divide and supporting the digital transformation of education systems. It was authored by the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s Working Group on Digital Learning.

Tip: See Boxes 5 and 6 on pages 25 – 27 for country spotlights on connectivity initiatives in Brazil, Honduras, Indonesia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

Report: Connecting learners: Narrowing the educational divide

This report delves into the socioeconomic impacts of school connectivity and digital learning. It details priorities for connecting learners, including collaboration, accessibility and affordability.

Tip: You can find country profiles of Brazil, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Niger, Sierra Leone and the United States starting on page 67.

Report: Ensuring resilient connectivity

This guidance from the report Education for the most marginalised post‑COVID-19 highlights the key factors of availability, affordability, and quality in promoting connectivity. It includes recommended actions for governments and a list of connectivity models for education.

Report: Low-Tech Devices and Connectivity for Learning in Lebanon

This brief compiles initiatives across Lebanon and other countries like Jordan, Sudan and Uganda on using low-tech devices and building connectivity, including television whitespace and zero-rating, to support learners.

Web page: Giga in Niger

Giga is a joint UNICEF and ITU initiative that aims to connect every school to the Internet. This page outlines Giga’s work in Niger, with a live map of school connectivity and areas for collaboration with the Nigerien Government.

How do I ensure effective assessment of and planning for ICT infrastructure?

Toolkit: ICT for Learning Process and Tools – Volume I for schools and education providers

Developed for schools and school leaders, this guide is the first of two volumes on ICT planning and investments. It provides tools that can be used by school leaders to assess student-teacher capabilities and available ICT infrastructure. School leaders can develop prototypes to test in their schools and generate relevant learnings and actions for change. 

Tip: This guide contains a number of tools including: School ICT Infrastructure Audit (Tool 5) and School ICT Ecosystem Audit (Tool 6).

Toolkit: ICT for Learning Process and Tools – Volume II for sub-national and national governments

Developed for governments, this guide is the second of two volumes on ICT planning and investments. The guide supports governments to identify risks, prioritize problems, and engage in implementation and change. 

Tip: This guide contains a number of tools including: Government ICT Ecosystem Audit (Tool 5), Government ICT Ecosystem Audit (Tool 6) and District/ National ICT for Learning Scorecard (Tool 7).

Report: Deploying an e-Learning Environment in Zanzibar: Feasibility assessment

In this report, EdTech Hub and the Zanzibar MoEVT analyzed key factors to be considered in deploying an e-learning platform, including the available ICT infrastructure. The report analyzes the education system, human resource capacity, existing infrastructure, policy support and the stakeholder environment in Zanzibar. It concludes with recommendations and next steps.

Tip: See pages 14 – 15 for an analysis of the available ICT infrastructure in Zanzibar.

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