Current status + progress
Digital connectivity plays an increasingly vital role in our everyday lives and has fundamentally changed the way people exchange and acquire information. The COVID-19 pandemic further highlights that well-established digital networks and supportive remote learning policies provide flexibility and resilience to the education system. However, the pandemic also brought attention to the digital divide – the gap between those who have computers and online access and those who do not – and its resulting impact on equity. Data from Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and over 30 other household surveys show that children and young people from rural areas and poorer families are less likely to have internet access at home.