The OECS-UNICEF initiative ‘ProjectConnect’ was successfully launched as part of a workshop held from 26-29 November, 2019 in Antigua and Barbuda.
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) partnered with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to launch ProjectConnect, the first pillar of a wider project which seeks to connect every school in the world to internet and every young person to information, opportunity and choice.
ProjectConnect aims to map every school and to provide real-time data on the quality of their internet connectivity. Hence, the three-day workshop brought together 21 Information and Communications Technology Managers from OECS Ministries of Education, Statisticians, and Geographic Information System (GIS) professionals from across the Eastern Caribbean.
Participants benefited from a training session focused on collecting, editing and disseminating spatial and internet connectivity data on schools through the use of open-source tools.
The data will be critical in developing an evidenced-based strategy to provide all schools with fast and reliable internet access.