May 11, 2016, Yangon – Talented youth innovators including four delegates from Myanmar will join the first Telenor Youth Forum Asia to be held in Thailand on 25-26 May. Part of a commitment to empowering a generation of digital natives, the event will bring together the leaders of tomorrow in Bangkok for a two-day session to address challenges for youth in the region.
The annual Telenor Youth Forum is organized in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway and invites talented youth from Telenor’s markets around the world to find paths to dialogue and peace. Focusing on solutions that combine technology, engagement and advocacy, the participating opinion leaders build bridges across borders and exchange knowledge and ideas.
This year, the Oslo-based forum is expanding to Asia for the first time, for a regionally-focused Forum that centers on solving some of the most pressing youth issues in Asia. The five issues outlined for youth include fighting youth joblessness, getting more girls in schools, educating young laborers, breaking the taboo of mental health, and engaging youth in nation dialogue.
The participating 28 delegates are all alumni of the global Telenor Youth Forum from the past three years and represent Telenor’s six markets in Asia. In addition to Myanmar, these include Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Pakistan and Thailand. Born into a digital age, these young innovators are passionate about social causes and believe that the power of technology can create action and real change.
Representing Myanmar are:
- Hsu Wai Soe, believes in using digital tools to build knowledge about domestic violence, and has ideas to counter such issues.
- Phyo Thura Htay, believes better learning relies on context and true understanding, and works to revitalize student life in Myanmar.
- Arkar Min Aung, have dreamt of making the education system in Myanmar the best I can be.
- Wai Yan Min Htay, want to raise awareness about communicable diseases in Myanmar through mobile technology with the help of Telenor.
The delegates will be organized into teams and be guided by world-class mentors and speakers from organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF Global Innovation Centre and the Nobel Peace Center, who will provide expert resources for strategy building, design planning and solution delivery. The event will also include keynotes by Sigve Brekke, President and CEO of Telenor Group, and Liv Tørres, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center.
“By reconnecting our markets’ brightest, most engaged and tech-savvy youth to address challenges facing their peers in Asia, we hope to see creative solutions that inspire scalable programs that will empower youth in the region,” said Brekke. “As we pilot the Telenor Youth Forum in Asia, we are not only furthering our commitment to an inclusive digital future, but also expanding this formerly Oslo-based programme into a year-round cycle of dialogue and production.”
Liv Tørres, Executive Director, Nobel Peace Center, said, “Our mission is to inspire peace, and we have partnered with the Telenor Youth Forum because it provides an arena for young people with ideas and passion to address the issues that matter most in building a path to peace. We are excited to take part in this program in Asia as it sources real solutions from the people best equipped to make the biggest difference in their region.”
The standout solution presented by the five teams will be featured at the Telenor Youth Forum in Oslo.
“We are thrilled that four of Myanmar’s future leaders will have this opportunity to help address the most pressing issues affecting youth in today’s rapidly changing world,” said Petter Furberg, CEO of Telenor Myanmar. “We look forward to showcasing their proposed solutions to inspire others across Myanmar to engage, innovate and take action.”
Telenor Youth Forum Asia 2016 will take place from May 25-26 in Bangkok, Thailand. The global Telenor Youth Forum is in its fourth year and will be held in Oslo, Norway during the Nobel Peace Prize week in December. For more information on the upcoming 2016 program, and to learn more about how to apply for it, visit:
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