The nationwide initiative aims to reduce inequalities in digital access empowering 740,000 youths to stay safe, informed and engaged online
Telenor and Plan will work towards integrating digital safety content into national curriculum with the approval of Ministry of Education
Telenor Myanmar and Plan International have partnered to launch Myanmar’s first nationwide Digital Literacy, Online Safety and Resilience Project in Nay Pyi Taw today, in the presence of Union Minster of Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi and global representatives from Telenor Group and Plan. The two-year initiative aims to educate 740,000 youths aged 10 to 18 in digital literacy, online safety, and responsible use of internet across all the regions in Myanmar.
Supported by the Ministry of Education, this partnership brings together Telenor Myanmar’s experience in delivering digital literacy and online safety training, as well as Plan Myanmar’s knowledge, network and expertise in development and humanitarian work in Myanmar. This project builds on ongoing activities such as Telenor Myanmar’s Digital School program. Under this partnership, both organisations will also work with the Ministry of Education to integrate online safety digital modules into the government education curriculum to prepare youths for a digital Myanmar.
“Mobile penetration and internet access in Myanmar have increased at a phenomenal rate in recent years but despite the progress, the prevailing social inequality makes the people, particularly children and young adults, vulnerable to online threats and risks including cyberbullying, harmful content, hate speech, sexual exploitation and abuse. To date, Telenor Myanmar has reached nearly 350,000 students through our ongoing safe internet initiatives. Through this new partnership with Plan, I am confident that we will be able to further strengthen the impact and reach of our work,” said Yin Yin Htay, Chief Business Officer of Telenor Myanmar, at the launch.
Myanmar is one of the seven countries covered by a three-year global partnership agreement between Plan International and the Telenor Group, announced in September 2018 at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The goal of the global agreement is to reduce inequalities through the use of digital technology, mobile communication and internet, focusing on building skills for a digital future among the youth.
“Plan Myanmar is excited to be part of this vibrant public-private alliance to promote digital resilience and literacy among Myanmar’s next generation to contribute to the country’s socio-economic transformation process. Our ultimate aim is to both reduce the digital divide and contribute to national child protection efforts especially for girls. We feel it is critical to defend especially girls’ right to be safe online and wherever they are in public and to ensure they are able to speak up without fear of harassment or violence. Through this initiative, Plan takes pride in helping young people to become productive citizens and leaders for Myanmar regardless of their background,” said Kelly Stevenson, Plan Myanmar’s Country Director.
“As part of Telenor Group’s global commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #10 Reduced Inequalities, we are committed to training and educating 4 million children in online safety across Telenor’s markets by 2020. I am proud to say we have been able to reach more than 2.4 million youths worldwide through digital safety initiatives, and partnerships like this are key to us in achieving this global target,” said Elisabeth Biering, Senior Vice President and acting Head of Sustainability at Telenor Group.
Since its inception in 2014, Telenor Myanmar has run 11 social responsibility initiatives ranging from digital education in online safety and digital literacy as well other social impact projects, benefitting over one million people to date.
About Telenor Myanmar
Telenor Myanmar has been providing accessible and affordable mobile communications to people across Myanmar since September 2014. With more than 8,600 sites nationwide, Telenor Myanmar serves more than 19 million customers in all States, Regions and territories through its 2G, 3G and 4G network. Telenor Myanmar is part of Telenor Group, one of the world's major mobile operators with 178 million subscriptions across Scandinavia and Asia and committed to responsible business conduct and driven by the ambition of empowering societies. For more information about Telenor Group, please visit: https://www.telenor.com
About Plan International
Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. They have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 75 countries. In the fiscal year 2018 (July to June) alone our programs benefited over 18 million girls and more than 16 million boys globally. In Myanmar, Plan International has been implementing life-changing humanitarian and development programs in some of the most marginalized communities throughout the country since 2012. Plan International Myanmar works closely with a variety of stakeholders to build the capacity of child protection systems and to guarantee children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
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