Over 341 million Africans got internet connectivity in 2016 according to a report by the Internet Society during the Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue on Monday, reports the Guardian.
“Thanks to increased access to mobile broadband and the development of submarine cables, more than a quarter of the African population had Internet access in 2016,” read the report.
It further said that the internet provides an opportunity for Africa to expand education and learning access online.
“Policymakers have a critical role to play in creating the necessary ecosystem for integrating ICT in education,” said Dawit Bekele, Africa Regional Bureau Director for the Internet Society, adding that a skilled workforce that can use ICT effectively to solve Africa’s problems will determine Africa’s competitiveness in the global economy.
Government officials, business and educational leaders from across Africa will discuss how Africa can use the Internet to advance education, innovation and job creation at the first Africa Regional Internet and Development Dialogue was organised in partnership with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT.