First digital summer school classes were piloted in Loikaw, Kayah
Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) and middle/high school students from Kayah celebrated the digital summer school graduation ceremony held on 29 May in Loikaw. Kayah State Chief Minister H.E. U L PaungSho, Kayah State Parliament Speaker H.E U Hla Htwe and Telenor’s Chief Executive Officer Lars Erik Tellmann opened the ceremony, which was also attended by Kayah State ministers, senior government officials, school header masters and chief officers from Telenor.
“Kayah State has so much potential to develop and this program is a small step toward providing digital competence that can fuel an interest level with these young students that over time can be part of bridging the digital literacy gap currently between Kayah and other states/regions of Myanmar,” said Lars Erik Tellmann..
“Young people are the future of our society and we believe promoting digital literacy for them will positively contribute to socio economic development of their community, their region and the country as well.We are very delighted to witness the students’ enthusiasm in strengthening their digital skills. We hope every young boy and girl in Myanmar will be offered, free of charge, the opportunity to attend Telenor’s Digital Summer School every year,” Tellmann added.
Total 120 students from 10 middle and high schools in Kayah graduated from Telenor’s digital summer school initiative and they received certificates for their successful completion of the summer school classes.
With a pilot in Loikaw Telenor launched its first digital summer school on 2nd May as part of promoting digital literacy to students and youths in ethnic and rural areas. Students learned basic computing and smartphone skills, introduction to social media, and tips on ‘Safe Internet’. The ‘Safe Internet’ session also coveredbenefits of using Internet (educational purpose), potential risks on using Internet such as information theft, cyber bulling, cyber grooming, sexting and hate speech, and tips for staying safe online.
Ten local youths who completed a one-week training of trainers session led the digital summer school classes together with representatives from Telenor and Lighthousein Kayah State. Telenor held the training session late April in partnership with its local partner organization, Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) and Telenor’s Lighthouse entrepreneurs from Kayah State and Mandalay Region.
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