Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla, aims to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy to improve the environment on Earth. He also works on the development of the spacecraft that could make life multiplanetary to secure the continuance of the human species. These ambitious goals could completely change the future of humanity. More importantly, Musk recognizes the future is truly in childrens’ hands but millions still lack access to basic education opportunities, helping to provide children with the educational tools they need to create a future filled with progress and innovation is necessary. The Musk Foundation made a donation to Giga Connect, a project by United Nations' International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which aims to connect schools around the world to the internet. “Just Announced: Musk Foundation has made a significant contribution to help bring Giga Connect to life, providing internet connectivity for schools across the globe. A big thank you from all of us at UNICEF USA to Elon Musk for his generous support!” said Michael Nyenhuis, the President and CEO of UNICEF.
Just Announced: @MuskFoundation has made a significant contribution to help bring @gigaconnect to life, providing internet connectivity for schools across the globe. A big thank you from all of us at @UNICEFUSA to @elonmusk for his generous support! pic.twitter.com/i7IuFqV6ve— Michael Nyenhuis (@UNICEFUSA_CEO) February 11, 2021
Having access to internet connection offers a wide variety of educational tools at our fingertips, that most take for granted. The internet is a great utility to bridge the gap between you and knowledge, job and business opportunities, it even provides access to remote medical health. Connecting schools in developing countries to the internet could provide equality, giving individuals the opportunity to change their future and their communities. “Thank you, Elon Musk, for your valuable contribution to the ITU / UNICEF global Giga initiative for school connectivity. Bridging the digital divide begins by equipping young learners with the tools they need to succeed. Let's reimagine education systems and transform them to become more agile, resilient and innovative,” said Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director at International Telecommunications Union. “This support will help advance our goal to connect every school to the internet, and every young person to information, opportunity and choice,” she wrote via Twitter. The contribution Musk made was not released. Giga co-founder, Chris Fabian said -"Thanks to Elon Musk for believing in our impossible mission: connect every young person to the internet - to opportunity and choice." Learn more about Giga Connect in the video linked below.
Thank you @ElonMusk & Musk Foundation, for your valuable contribution to @Gigaconnect.— Doreen Bogdan-Martin (@ITU_BDTDirector) February 11, 2021
This support will help advance our goal to connect every school to the internet, and every young person to information, opportunity and choice. @UNICEF @ITU https://t.co/cIXOBnt1k2 pic.twitter.com/y9HURS4sza
thanks to @elonmusk for believing in our impossible mission: connect every young person to the internet - to opportunity and choice. follow our progress live on https://t.co/OIJ7gXPwwL and watch @Gigaconnect team help fix the world. https://t.co/1t7sZgehxD— chris fabian (@chrisfabian) February 11, 2021
Musk’s aerospace company is actively deploying a constellation thousands of internet-beaming satellites that will orbit Earth to provide connection globally. Perhaps, Musk’s SpaceX Starlink could connect more schools to the internet one day. The constellation is still in its initial phase of development. If Starlink becomes a successful business, maybe one day we will live in a world where it could be possible to connect all schools to the world wide web. For now Musk helped with his donation to UNICEF / ITU Giga Connect initiative that is working towards finding, equipping, and connecting schools.
How many schools are there in the world?— Doreen Bogdan-Martin (@ITU_BDTDirector) February 12, 2021
…and how many are connected to the Internet?@Gigaconnect, the innovative partnership between @ITU & @UNICEF, aims to connect all schools of the world to the Internet.
Partner NOW with Giga to innovate education!https://t.co/LEVmWYvTzG pic.twitter.com/FigMD0b87j
Featured Image Source: UNICEF
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