Ericsson pledges to help 1 million children and young people by 2025 access digital learning and skills

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announces a major new commitment to empower one million children and youth by 2025 through access to digital learning, tools, content and development programs.

This commitment is part of the EDISON Alliance 1 Billion Lives challenge aligned with the World Economic Forum – a global movement of forty-five champions from the public and private sectors.

Members, including Ericsson, are committed to prioritizing digital inclusion as the foundation for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so that everyone can participate fully in the economy and society. digital society.

The “1 Billion Lives” brings together the digital inclusion commitments of governments, businesses and other organizations around the world.

Ericsson’s new commitment will be unveiled today by the company’s CEO, Börje Ekholm, in a virtual address at the Global Forum for Children and Youth. Ekholm will explain to Ericsson the importance of work in achieving its mission: to create a world where limitless connectivity improves lives, redefines business and paves the way for a sustainable future – a world where limitless connectivity means limitless possibilities.

Building on a legacy of digital inclusion work

Today’s commitment will be realized through Ericsson’s Connect To Learn initiative, which has positively impacted more than 200,000 children and youth in more than 25 countries around the world since its founding in 2010 .

The initiative enables access to quality education for underserved and unconnected communities and establishes an inclusive digital platform with a focus on empowering the next generation with digital skills, essential for their development. socioeconomic. It also aims to improve gender equality by empowering women and girls through ICTs.

Ericsson Chairman and CEO Börje Ekholm says: “At the heart of Ericsson’s goal is the belief that connectivity creates opportunity for everyone. We believe it is the responsibility of government and business to work together to build a more equitable future for children and young people – digital connection is a key factor in this, ensuring that every young person has access to a safe internet connection. quality and can acquire the skills necessary to thrive in a digital economy.

He adds: “This is why we are committed to helping to bridge the digital divide and create a more equitable society. This is the latest step in Ericsson’s Connect To Learn program, which has worked for more than 10 years to advance digital inclusion. However, there is still a long way to go. We call on our partners, clients, governments and NGOs to join us in pledging the resources necessary to make a real and lasting difference.

A long-term partnership with the EDISON Alliance

Ericsson’s commitment to the World Economic Forum’s EDISON Alliance 1 Billion Lives challenge complements its partnership with UNICEF in support of the Giga Initiative. The Giga Initiative is a partner of the EDISON alliance and aims to connect every school to the Internet by 2030 and each young person to information, opportunities and choices.

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