We claim the internet is ubiquitous, but only in certain parts of the world. A report by UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) says 2.2 billion or two thirds of children and young people aged 25 years or less do not have internet access at home. Here are other findings:
- Globally, only 33 percent of children and young people have internet access at home.
- A significant gap exists between high and low-income countries. High income countries have 87 percent coverage while low income countries have 6 percent.
- Only 5 percent of children and young people in West and Central Africa have internet access at home compared to 33 percent global average.
Proposed solution to this problem:
UNICEF and ITU have joined forces to launch Giga, an ambitious global intitiative to connect every school to the internet. Learn more about Giga here.