Educating girls in Myanmar

In 2016, the impact of Connect to Learn was clearly evident in the largest deployment to date, deployed in Myanmar, as a unique public-private collaboration with a range of partners which is breaking new ground in building capacity for the program.

Only 54% of secondary school-aged children are enrolled in secondary school in Myanmar, according to the World Bank. Connect to Learn is improving literacy in both the local language and English, as well as improving numeracy for over 21,000 students in total in Myanmar; more than half of those benefiting are girls.

To date, 155 teachers from all 31 schools involved in the project have successfully completed a series of UNESCO’s ICT-pedagogy integration, which allowed teachers in 2016 to begin integrating ICT into their classroom teaching, to use the internet to enrich the learning experience of students, and to transfer the ICT-pedagogy integration knowledge further to more teachers.

The project was largely made possible through the strategic partnership between Ericsson and DFID’s Girls’ Education Challenge, recognizing that the innovative approach piloted by Connect to Learn can help Myanmar modernize its schooling more broadly, with positive impacts for the learning, health and well-being of girls as well as for their families and communities.

The partners in working Myanmar are Ericsson; the UK Department for International Development (DFID), under their Girls’ Education Challenge; UNESCO; the Earth Institute a Columbia University; Finja Five; Qualcomm ® Wireless Reach™ and the external evaluator EduEval. The deployments are supported by mobile operator Myanmar Post and Telecommunications. The project also receives support from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Myanmar.