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Promoting rural digital literacy: Telenor to pilot digital summer school

24 April, 2017 - Yangon

  • Empower local youths and fresh graduates by providing opportunities to hone their skills and gain experience

Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) today opens a one-week training of trainers (ToT) session in Yangon in preparation of introducing a digital summer school initiative in ethnic states. Telenor conducts the session in partnership with its local partner organization, Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) and Telenor’s Lighthouse entrepreneurs from Kayah State and Mandalay Region.

Ten local youths, mostly fresh graduates, from Kayah State join the first ToT session thatwill help improve teaching skills and introduce teaching methods while enhancing digital literacy of the potential trainers.As part of the training the candidates will learn basic computing and smartphone skills, introduction to social media, and tips on ‘Safe Internet’. In order to broaden their future employment opportunities the candidates will also receive trainingon online job searching and job application writing.

Telenor will award the candidates completion certificates at the end of the ToT training. Successful participants will then join the first digital summer school program scheduled to be piloted in Kayah State in May.

 

Telenor began recruitment of potential trainers in early March for its summer school program in Kayah. Potential trainers were selected based on their digital literacy, and capability to teach. Most importantly, they are required to complete the one-week ToT session and participate in one-month digital summer school program.

“This initiative will empower local youths and fresh graduates by providing opportunities to hone their skills and gain experience. They will also, in the longer run, be able to contribute to welfare and development of their region by helping students understand basic digital literacy during summer holiday. We truly believe promoting digital literacy especially in rural areas is of utmost important to narrow digital divide and to help those areas quickly catch up with other parts of the country,” said Min Thu, Head of Business Sustainability at Telenor Myanmar.

With increasing technology adoption and access to Internet, digital literacy becomes an essential element to effectively utilize available opportunities. Telenor is also promoting digital literacy through its Lighthouses, which are already present in 12 states and regions, and Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory. A total of 200 Lighthouses are expected to be functional by the end of 2018. Telenor currently partners with MIDO for establishing Lighthouses in Myanmar.The centres are run by local entrepreneurs, and Telenor and MIDO conduct regular trainings for local entrepreneurs on how to operate the Lighthouses as social enterprises, providing affordable, socially beneficial information services and digital literacy training while remaining economically sustainable. 

 

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