Tech companies team up to boost digital literacy in Myanmar

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Ooredoo, GSMA and Facebook have announced a partnership to boost digital literacy in Myanmar through a campaign to raise awareness and increase mobile internet usage in the country’s rural areas.

The ‘Internet 101’ campaign will educate first-time internet users through one-on-one training at Ooredoo retail stores, which includes an explanation of what the internet is, how to access it, and how to stay safe online.

Tenzin Norbhu, head of connectivity and access policy at Facebook, said: “Improving digital literacy and encouraging greater levels of digital citizenship benefits everyone in an increasingly connected community.”

GSMA figures suggest approximately 21 million of Myanmar’s 54 million people are already using mobile internet, but that lack of digital literacy is a major barrier to being connected.

“Mobile internet connectivity brings a wide range of social and economic benefits, helping to promote digital inclusion and supporting the delivery of essential services and we are pleased to support advancing inclusion to the citizens of Myanmar,” said GSMA head of Connected Society and Connected Women, Claire Sibthorpe.

Source: Mobile World Live