Students across the country will receive computer literacy and safe internet trainings in this year
Targets to train 100,000 youths annually for digital skills in future
Telenor Myanmar and its partnered organizations today officially kick off Digital Summer Schools classes aiming to provide about 25,000 middle and high school students across the country practical trainings on basic computer literacy skills and also how to use internet safely in the upcoming summer holiday.
The opening ceremony of Digital Summer Schools project was held today in Nay Pyi Taw and Director General of Ministry of Education’s Department of Alternative Education, Dr. Khaing Mye attended the ribbon cutting ceremony along with the Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Myanmar, Mr Lars Erik Tellmann and representatives from partnered organizations.
With the aim to promote the digital literacy in Myanmar, the Digital Summer Schools project is a part of Telenor Myanmar’s social responsibility mission bridging the gap between both rural and urban areas. Following this first step of the project, it is expected to train 100,000 students annually in future. The project is implemented under the approval of Ministry of Education, by the joint effort with KMD and the support of Ericsson, Irrawaddy Green Towers and Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO).
“Telenor has contributed significantly in building digital skills in Myanmar and this is our latest effort made with the aim to contribute in the government’s effort to achieve sustainable socio economic development by improving the Education sector. This program is a small but concrete step toward providing digital competence and skills that can fuel an interest level with the young students that over time can be part of bridging the digital literacy gap among the states and regions across Myanmar,” said Chief Executive Officer of Telenor Myanmar, Mr Lars Erik Tellmann.
Referring to the Digital Myanmar Report which was launched in February for the first time, Mr Tellmann added that Telenor realised the critical role of digital literacy and digital skills as essential key foundations of the roadmap to the digital future of the country.
“We have already presented the recommendations to implement the roadmap to Digital Myanmar in the report. For the general population, digital skills should be enhanced by vocational digital literacy training through dedicated training centres. Our digital summer schools which will be opened in KMD training centres across the country would be a good and practical example in building digital literacy in this country. And I hope this will lead the larger scale of progress in this area,” he said.
Telenor Myanmar is running several programs on building foundations towards digital Myanmar as part of its corporate responsibility activities. Its Lighthouse digital literacy centres have trained nearly 100,000 students to date in core smartphone and computer skills. Additionally the safe internet programs have educated over 130,000 government school students on using the internet effectively and safely.
Telenor has established the country’s best 4G network with network footprint in close to 130 top cities and townships across the country. Serving more than 19 million customers through its broadest network of all operators in Myanmar, Telenor sets its goal to provide the benefits of mobile connectivity as many people as possible.
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