IGF 2022 Lightning Talk #21 Lets talk Connectivity

Wednesday, 30th November, 2022 (06:30 UTC) - Wednesday, 30th November, 2022 (07:00 UTC)
Speaker's Corner


   AFRICAN CHILD PROJECTS- Catherine R Kimambo



Prof Josef Noll Basic internet Foundation 



Prof Josef Noll, Basic Internet Foundation (Region C) 

Dr Moses Ismail University of Dar es salaam (Region D)

Dr Kennedy Greyson Dar es salaam Institute of Technology (Region D)

Onsite Moderator

Nazar N. Kirama

Online Moderator

Pious Sylvester


Gabriel Karsan



Targets: Let's imagine that every school is connected in all parts of the world, and therefore very student has the same alienable rights to information and opportunities such as any other student regardless of their geographical location. But the digital divide makes this very untrue to our essence, and bridging this divide through school connectivity project brings us closer to achieving QUALITY EDUCATION. If we put SDGs at the core of human rights, the Former UN Secretary-general Ban Ki Moon's words ring true, "ICTs can be an engine for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).



Duration (minutes)



Based on the success of the “sustainability pilot for School Connectivity”, where the focus was on a sustainable OPEX of less than TZS 35,000, the scale up envisaged through this School Connectivity Scale-Up (“SchoolConnect”) project aims at connecting more schools and establishing the path towards a nation-wide sustainable models for school connectivity in Tanzania. The project is designed to contribute to the worldwide effort for school connectivity, mapping of all schools and will answer the demands in resource constrained environments. Contribute in achieving the 5th Government connectivity target that aims to deliver connectivity to ALL secondary schools to benefit digital education. It is designed to be a multi-stakeholder project that will engage the Government of Tanzania (GoT), Ministry of Education, President's Office Regional Administration and Local Government, Mobile Network Operators (MNO), Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Universal Communication Service Access Fund (UCSAF), Academic Institutions, Public and Private Organization. Furthermore, the School Connectivity Scale-Up will be brought up as a successful path to the international community, involving a.o. Project GIGA from UNICEF & ITU, UNESCO Global Education Coalition, GSMA. Policy Questions Is it relevant to connect everyone? How can we address digital cooperation to connect everyone with meaningful connectivity? What are the quick yet affordable interventions that can introduce connectivity to schools in rural areas? Funding is still the big elephant in the room. How has the lack of funding affected last mile connectivity to people in rural areas and how have we been innovative around that??

By having an online and onsite moderators we are able to engage participants more on the talk Participants will be given a chance to submit their questions before the session starts so as they can get addressed during the session We will employ complementary tools such as polls etc so as to increase engagement with participants