Advance NFE classes kicked off for underprivileged children in Myanmar

November 23, 2016, Yangon - Myanmar Mobile Education (myME) Project, Telenor Myanmar Limited’s (“Telenor”) partner in delivering non-formal education (NFE) program in Myanmar, launched last month advance level-three classes for underprivileged children.

The level-three classes will teach digital literacy courses, civic education, conversational English and vocational education in order to prepare students for the next phase in their careers. Over 30 students who successfully completed myME’s level-two program in September are attending the advance classes. The level-two classes taught the students non-formal education in English, introduction to vocational education and basic computing.

“MyME provides children who cannot attend school with valuable non-formal education, and in the longer term, the chance for a better career. We are proud of what MyME has done so far,” Said Min Thu, Head of Business Sustainability at Telenor Myanmar.

Tim Aye-Hardy, the founder of myME said, “Telenor has supported the myME project since November 2014, by implementing myME’s NFE program in Telenor branded teashops in Yangon and Mandalay. Telenor provides salaries for all myME staff, one bus that is used as a mobile classroom, and other school supplies including computers.

myME is currently providing non-formal and vocational education to over 3,000 children at various teashops, road-side restaurants, monastic schools and underprivileged communities from various cities in Myanmar.”

“It’s been one year since the teaching started for kids working at my teashop, and I can now see their communication and dealing with customers is getting better. I feel much delighted to see additionally their improved behavior and ability to communicate with foreign customers. Kids working here are all going to leave at one point, and as they later do so I believe the skills and knowledge they attained from this program will help them to stand on their feet and improve their lives,” said Zalatni Teashop owner U Sein Linn who partnered with myME project in 2015.

Non-formal Education

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. More information on myME project can be read at myME Project .

For further enquiries, please contact:

Ms. Ni Ni Myint
Corporate Communications, Telenor Myanmar Ltd
(95) 9 79 1000004