Nokia announced new cooperation with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to bridge the digital divide by helping schools in parts of Senegal in West Africa improve digital education and training. This activity is in line with Nokia’s enhanced environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy and Nokia’s commitment to improve digital skills.
Nokia focuses on the role of its products in solving some of the most pressing challenges in the world, using connectivity and digitalization to restore stagnant productivity, providing inclusive opportunities and reducing the pressure on the environment and natural ecosystems.
Nokia Environment Nicole Robertson, Vice President of Social and Governance, said: “Nokia plays an important role in bridging the digital divide by providing connectivity to communities that are not connected and underserved. The combination of connectivity and digital skills can create more employment, education and medical opportunities and opportunities to participate in the digital economy. Therefore, I am pleased to announce that Nokia will work with the United Nations Children’s Fund to improve digital skills and programming skills for children and young people in Senegal.”
The project in cooperation with UNICEF Finland and UNICEF Senegal will involve teachers and students in underserved areas in Senegal. The focus will be on digital education and training activities so that students can develop their digital skills, including coding.
Silvia Danailov, representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund in Senegal, said: “UNICEF is committed to ensuring that no children or young people are left behind in the digital revolution. No matter who they are, where they live or where they come from, all children should benefit from the innovation brought by digital technology to education. Nokia’s catalytic partnership is an important step in promoting quality education for children in Senegal through innovative technology.”