Have reachedover 3000 students in 3 years
Telenor Myanmar and Myanmar Mobile Education Project (MyME) last week celebrated three years of partnership that has resulted in providing non-formal education to more than 3000 out-of-school children.
“We are delighted to extend this partnership with MyME this far for supporting out-of-school children in Myanmar.Telenor sincerely believes this partnership not only helps develop children’s skills and capabilities to improve their living standardsbut also addresses underage labourin the country. Vocational education further provided by MyME will also help unlock the children’s potential to engage with a better career opportunities,” said Min Thu, Head of Business Sustainability at Telenor Myanmar.
Min Thu added that as a result of better awareness of Telenor’s Supplier Conduct Principles and frequent unannounced inspections, no case of child and underage labour has been detected in Telenor’s supply chain this year. Since the start of the partnership with MyMe, the numbers of workers aged 14-16 years in Telenor branded teashops have declined from about 200 workers in 60 branded teashops in 2015 to less than 30 workers in 6 branded teashops in September 2017, showing the positive impact and effect of the programme.
Telenor has provided financial and in-kind support to the myME project since October 2014 to deliver NFE program in Telenor branded teashops in Yangon and Mandalay. Telenor and MyME early this year signed an agreement to extend the partnership for one more year. Of more than 3000 children engaged within 3 years more than 70% have completed at least one of three level courses.
MyME’s mobile classroom ensures that teachers, quality education, and study materials are easily accessible to the children who join the program. Each child is offered six hours of lessons per week. In addition to the opportunity to learn basic literacy, math and computer skills, the young students will also be taught life skills such as developing analytical thinking skills through interactive instruction and basic knowledge of personal hygiene and understanding of preventable diseases.
According to The Occupation and Industry report - part of Myanmar's 2014 census, 1 in 5 children aged 10 to 17 in Myanmar goes to work instead of school. The report also shows about 1.7 million children between the age of 10 and 17 years are working in Myanmar.
As part of Telenor’s commitment to eradicating child and underage labour in its supply chain, and promoting high labour standards in Myanmar generally, Telenorpartneredwith MyME to provide quality non-formal education to underage workers in selected Telenor branded teashops in Myanmar’s two major cities. Telenor branded teashops are required not to hire workers under Myanmar’s legal employment age of 14. These teashops also agree to regular unannounced inspections by Telenor Myanmar.
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