Twenty Myanmar Youths shortlisted for Telenor Youth Forum in Norway and Thailand

  • 20 shortlisted candidates will undergo a two-day coaching session and 4 finalists will be selected after the session
  • 2 successful candidates out of 4 finalists will be chosen to join the forum in Oslo and Bangkok

July 28, 2016, Yangon – Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) today announced a shortlist for the Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) scheduled to be held in Oslo in Norway and Bangkok in Thailand. Twenty shortlisted candidates will join a two-day coaching session on 30-31 July. They will be coached for strengthening their creativity, passion for tech for change, and communications and English skills during the two-day session. Four finalists will be selected after the session, and 2 successful candidates will then be chosen to join the forum.

“We received nearly 100 applications to the Telenor Youth Forum this year - it will be a highly competitive process to select 2 to send to Oslo as Myanmar's representatives. We are impressed with the enthusiasm of the youth in using technology for social change. Through this forum we believe youths will be empowered to contribute to the development of their community and the society,” said Min Thu, head of Business Sustainability at Telenor Myanmar.

TYF, run in partnership with the Nobel Peace Center, brings together young leaders from Telenor’s 13 markets to tackle social challenges through the use of digital solutions. Telenor Myanmar officially announced for recruitment in June and received many highly motivated applications across the country.

Four representatives from Myanmar have already participated in TYF in Oslo in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Together with alumni of global TYF they joined the first TYF Asia held in Thailand on 25-26 May. Phyo Thura Htay, a TYF2015 alumni, will also join the upcoming TYF forum as a member of the winning team of the TYF Asia that has been invited as featured speakers.

The Telenor Youth Forum is a year-long commitment that begins in Oslo from December 8-11, 2016, and is timed to coincide with the Nobel Peace Prize festivities. The young delegates will work in teams on their assigned challenges, aiming to create engagement, awareness, understanding and ultimately peace. They will meet again in May 2017, in Bangkok, to continue their journey. The culmination of their commitment to the program will be the unveiling of a digital exhibition in collaboration with the Nobel Peace Center in autumn 2017.

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