Two thirds of school-age children worldwide have no internet at home, a UN report found Tuesday, even as pandemic-induced school closures have made online access vital to getting an education.
In all, an estimated 1.3 billion children between the ages of three and 17 do not have internet connections in their homes, said the joint report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The report also found that a similar lack of access among youths and young adults, with 63 percent of all 15 to 24-year-olds unconnected at home.
“That so many children and young people have no internet at home is more than a digital gap, it is a digital canyon,” UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore warned in a statement.
Lacking connectivity prevents young people from “competing in the modern economy. It isolates them from the world,” she said.