December 2, 2015, Yangon – Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) has started piloting novel e-learning video courses at eleven selected Telenor Lighthouses to develop basic computer literacy and English language skills of the local communities.
“E-learning video courses will offer affordable quality basic computer literacy skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint and English education. The courses will benefit local communities, particularly children from low income households at the selected Light Houses” said Min Thu, head of Corporate Social Responsibilities of Telenor Myanmar.
The eleven Light Houses are located in the townships of Yamethin, Pyawbwe, Tatkone, Minbu, Myinchan, Phyuu, Mahlaing, Insein and North Dagon.
In Myanmar, video lessons given by top teachers following the Myanmar matriculation curriculum or established computer literacy curriculums are recorded by Foster Non-Profit Organisation, the e-Education project’s Myanmar implementer. Disadvantaged students that do not have access to quality education learn from watching and interacting with these videos, always supported by a trained learning guide.
“To date, we have supported over 250 unprivileged students from remote areas in 5 schools at Myitkyina (IDP Camp), Kutkai, Hakha, Sagaing, Kanphyu village. As a result, the passing rate of the matriculation exam in our project schools noticeably raised up 15% to 30 % in 2015. Motivation of students is one of our main tasks” said Salai J. Bawi Vung Thang, CEO of Foster Non-Profit Organisation.
Apart from e-Education courses, the Light Houses offer mobile-based trainings and computer trainings including how to use mobile internet, Viber, Facebook and the basic computer skills, Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
“Students can self-learn computer literacy and English courses by following the instructions on the instructional videos. They will be supervised by the Lighthouse entrepreneurs in case they have any questions. We aim to expand the project at Light Houses nationally if the pilot is successful,” Min Thu said.
Telenor Lighthouses aim to improve digital literacy through nationwide initiatives for schoolchildren and boost user adoption of mobile connectivity and Internet in rural areas. The centers are run by local entrepreneurs, and will be open to anyone in the local community, from farmers to youth and local villagers.
Telenor has partnered with Myanmar Information Development Organization (MIDO) to establish and run Light Houses in Myanmar and they are aiming to set up 200 Lighthouses by the end of 2018. The partnership between Telenor and MIDO was signed in June, 2014. Social entrepreneurs interested in making an impact in their local community can visit the Telenor Lighthouse website (www.lighthouse.com.mm) for more information on opening a Lighthouse.
e-Education is a Japan-based NGO that provides educational support of children in developing countries. Since 2010, they have provided video lessons in eight countries – Bangladesh, Jordan, Rwanda, Palestine, Philippines, Indonesia, Hungary and Myanmar. Since 2013 e-Education Project has been started and in May 2015 it partnered with Foster Non-profit Organization in Myanmar to provide video lessons from top Myanmar teachers to disadvantaged communities.
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