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Telenor Group partners with Plan International to enhance children and young people’s skills for a digital future

26 September, 2018 - Yangon

  • The three-year partnership includes both financial support, and access to a range of digital and mobile technology solutions
  • Myanmar is one of seven countries that will be covered by this partnership

Telenor Group has entered into a three-year partnership agreement with Plan International; independent development and humanitarian organisation, to collaborate on enhancing children and young people’s skills for a digital future. The partnership was officially announced on September 24 at a United Nations General Assembly event in New York.

“We are proud to announce that Telenor Group, one of the world’s largest telecom companies, is partnering up with Plan International. Together, we can use technology to break down the barriers that stand in the way of the poorest children and help close the digital gender gap for girls,” says Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International.

The goal of the partnership is to reduce inequalities by the use of digital technology, mobile communication and internet where Telenor’s core competence on mobile communication and technology will be paired with Plan’s local knowledge and innovative program solutions. Joint initiatives will focus on reducing inequalities through building skills for a digital future, such as digital literacy, education for out-of-school children, youth educational skills training, closing the digital divide, and educating children and youth on child online safety. The countries covered by the partnership are Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

“Enabling the young generation of Myanmar to take full advantage of a digital world has always been important for Telenor in Myanmar.We have already carried out several initiatives contributing country’s education sector such as providing digital literacy training, online education for out-of-school children, granting scholarships for MBA students and many others. I believe partnerships like this would create significant acceleration towards Myanmar’s digital future,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO of Telenor Myanmar.

Telenor Group has long-term partnership agreement with 2-3 global organizations. In 2014, a five-year global partnership agreement was signed with UNICEF to include both financial support and access to a range of mobile technology solutions that contribute to the advancement of children’s rights globally. The partnership will include both financial support and access to a range of digital and mobile technology solutions that will help advance the rights of children and young people, with a special focus on equality for girls. All joint projects will focus on building skills for a digital future for children and young people globally in order to reduce inequalities.

Telenor Myanmar is also running several programs on building foundations towards digital Myanmar as part of its corporate responsibility activities. Its Lighthouse digital literacy centres have trained over 130,000 students to date in core smartphone and computer skills. Additionally, the safe internet programs have educated over 160,000 government school students on using the internet effectively and safely. Recently, 4 batches of Digital Summer School programme have been successfully finished during 3 months summer holiday from which over 25,000 students across the country have been equipped with digital literacy and safe internet trainings. In September 2018, Telenor Myanmar with the partnership of Myanmar Metropolitan College (MIC) has successfully awarded MBA scholarships to five winners among over 400 applicants.

 

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