Free digital literacy training and internet access at Telenor Lighthouses are available now for local youths in Yardo and Kyaykadaw Villages in Thandaunggyi Township
From inception to date, Telenor’s Lighthouse program has equipped a total of 150,000 youths with digital literacy training
With its commitment to contribute in building digital skills and digital workforce for the future socio-economic development of the country, Telenor Myanmar has been establishing Lighthouse Centers in all states and regions across the country and in early February this year, Telenor Myanmar has opened another two new Lighthouse Centers in remote areas of Kayin State.
Telenor Myanmar provides telecenter services comprising of free digital literacy training and internet access to youths and children across the country through its network of Lighthouse Centers and its partnership with 136 KMD centers in all States and Regions. With the opening of these new Lighthouse Centers in Yardo Village and Kyaykadaw Village of Thandaunggyi Township, Telenor Myanmar has opened 226 telecenters in Myanmar, well in excess of its license commitments to the Myanmar government.
With the recent opening of new Lighthouse Centers in Yardo Village and Kyaykadaw Village of Thandaunggyi Township, a total of 62 Lighthouse Centers are now providing free digital literacy training to youths and children across the country. From inception to date, Telenor’s Lighthouse program has equipped a total of 150,000 youths with digital literacy training which includes how to use mobile phones effectively, how to use mobile internet, how to use Viber, Email, and Facebook, how to search information on the internet, and self-learning English courses on the internet.
“Both villages are situated in very remote areas. Yardo is three-hour drive from the nearest major town, Loikaw and Kyaykadow is an eight-hour drive away. As both locations are near the border of Kayin, Shan and Kayah states, the new Lighthouse Centers in Yardo and Kyaykadow are expected to provide free digital literacy trainings to the population in those areas which in turn can promote their living standards and also can equip them with necessary skills to get more opportunities. I am very delighted that our Lighthouse program has reached to far rural areas of the countries and create opportunities for the people in those areas with promoting digital literacy skills. We are very much looking forward to continue this momentum in the future,” said Min Thu, Head of Business Sustainability of Telenor Myanmar.
With the partnership of Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO), Telenor initiated Lighthouse program with the aim to help narrowing the rural and urban digital literacy gap in Myanmar by providing free digital literacy trainings to the youths. Lighthouses are operated by local entrepreneurs who have had regular trainings on how to operate the Lighthouses as social enterprises, providing affordable, socially beneficial information services and digital literacy training while remaining economically sustainable.
Saw Gabriel Htun, the local entrepreneur running the newly opened Lighthouse Center in Yardo said, “Our village is located very far from major towns but with the help of technology, I believe we can be connected not only to the rest of the country but also even the rest of the world. Along with the connection, it is important for us to be equipped with the knowledge and literacy on digital technologies which has become a key to win better opportunities in this fast changing environment. On behalf of the villagers in Yardo, I would like to thank Telenor Myanmar for bringing Lighthouse Center to us and we hope that local youths in the areas will be benefited from the digital literacy trainings of the Lighthouse in order to empower their digital knowledge and skills.”
Contributing to building digital skills and digital workforce for the future of the country, Telenor Myanmar is also running several other programs including Telenor MBA Scholarships, Digital School Program and Telenor Youth Forum which is a collaboration with Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. Telenor now possesses Myanmar’s best mobile 2G/3G/4G network with more than 8,300 sites nationwide with more than 100,000 points-of-sale, serving over 18 million customers across all states and regions.
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