More than 250 million African school-age children lack the tools to receive an online education, after school years were suspended due to the impact of the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, according to a report released in Addis Ababa on Friday.
According to a research by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the region urgently needs an affordable broadband internet connection to help schoolchildren affected by the coronavirus pandemic in their nations continue the learning processes.
The continent contributes less than 1% to the global digital economy, said during a press briefing in which he cited the study.
Reliable and high-speed Internet is also a key to ensuring that hospitals and medical institutions can access the global information network and the resources necessary to fight the disease, the Seychelles politician said.
At present, just 17.8% of African households have an Internet connection, and Africa represents only 21% of internet users worldwide, he said.