Yangon – Telenor Myanmar Limited (“Telenor”) introduced a digital education project to enable education of underprivileged children especially in remote areas across Myanmar. The project is launched in partnership with Monastic Education Development Group (MEDG), community-based organization that supports the improvement of monastic education across the country.
Telenor and MEDG signed an agreement in early April for implementation of the project. Phaung Daw Oo Monastic Education High School in Mandalay, through MEDG, will implement the project in 40 monastic schools in Rakhine, Mon, Kachin, and Shan States and Tanintharyi, Yangon, Mandalay, Magwe, Sagaing and Ayeyarwaddy Regions.
‘Tech classrooms’ are being established in the designated monastic schools with Telenor’s technical and financial support. Six days a week, two hours per day, children will enable to learn live lessons broadcast in the tech classrooms which are equipped with video conferencing facilities. The live lessons are virtually delivered via a studio based at Phaung Daw Oo Monastic School by studio teachers who are well-trained for non-formal education program.
Children will also have access to e-learning applications with time-flexibility and motivating learning materials based on the government curriculum, leading them to pass Grade 5 primary equivalency examination. Through the project, at least 1000 out-of-school children are expected to benefit by the end of this year.
“This joint initiative plays an important role for the monastic schools within the education system of Myanmar. Currently there are more than 1500 monastic schools across the country and all of them provide free education to all students. MEDG is pleased to collaborate with Telenor in expanding access to quality education for our students,” said Sayardaw U Nayaka, Principal of Phaung Daw Oo Monastic Education High School.
“Access to both formal and non-formal education is still limited in many parts of the country and as a result there are still many children out there who have either never attended school or who dropped out before completing primary school. This joint effort between Telenor and MEDG will help promote lifelong learning opportunities especially for those children, and will assist them to unlock their potentials for enjoying better opportunities in the future.
“This initiative will use connectivity in a way that helps change childrens’ lives and their socio economic conditions. We are excited about the potential of this project,” said Min Thu, Head of Business Sustainability at Telenor Myanmar. Telenor now is Myanmar’s largest and fastest growing data network, with coverage in all States, Regions, and territories in Myanmar. The company’s network of 7,400 sites on 2G, 3G and 4G technology today is covering more than 90% of Myanmar’s population and townships.
Digital Education Project, along with Myanmar Mobile Education Project (MyME), is part of Telenor’s Corporate Responsibility initiatives in Myanmar, providing non-formal education to underprivileged children. The corporate responsibility initiatives also include Telenor’s Light Houses for promoting digital literacy; Safe Internet for All outreach to help people use Internet in a safer, better informed, and more responsible way; mHealth (Mate App) for maternal and child health information; humanitarian relief support for disaster-affected communities and special Numbers Auctions acting as a platform to generate donations for various social organizations.