Yangon – Twenty-six talented millennials from Telenor’s 13 markets – including two from Myanmar participated in the fourth annual Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize activities held last week in Oslo, Norway.
Hnin Hnin Naing and Zaw Tu Hkawng from Myanmar joined the one-year TYF program held from December 8 to 11, during Nobel Peace Prize week. They both took part in events related to honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, in addition to working in teams to design solutions to major social challenges. The year-long TYF program consists of virtual teamwork (after the Oslo event) punctuated by a Bangkok-based meet-up in May 2017, and culminating in the unveiling of the teams’ digital exhibitions with the Nobel Peace Center in October 2017.
Telenor has invited service design agency Livework to support the youth in designing solutions, and each team will be supported by an expert mentor who will guide the team throughout the year as they develop their solution.
“It is a lifetime experience for me participating in the program and I do really appreciate Telenor for providing such opportunities to empower youths like me. Telenor Youth Forum is a great program and I like to encourage Myanmar youths to try this program next year,” said Zaw Tu Hkawng.
From Oslo to Bangkok, TYF takes youth around the world
TYF will host a second event for the delegates in Bangkok in May 2017. This will be the first major milestone for the teams as they work to implement their solutions. The program will conclude for this batch of young people in October 2017, when Telenor and a jury of experts will evaluate the work and select a winning team that will return to Oslo in December 2017 to inspire the next round of TYF participants.
Previously, 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, also joined the 2016 TYF forum as a member of the winning team of the TYF Asia that has been invited as featured speakers.
Check https://www.telenor.com.mm/medialist/media/146 for TYF Myanmar candidates’ selection.