10 February 2017
Tech Age Girls Myanmar Project, powered by Microsoft, started Thursday at Myanmar Book Centre in Yangon.
In response to the disparity in media literacy rate between boys and girls, Tech Age Girls Myanmar project is conducted for the second time in Myanmar.
It primarily aims to give young girls the opportunity to learn IT skills and hone their leadership qualities.
Executive Director, Myanmar Book Aid & Preservation Foundation, Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung: The training is intended mainly for young Myanmar girls because surveys show that when it comes to surfing the internet or digital at the libraries, the number of boys is two times as high as that of girls. That’s the rationale behind this project.
About 100 girls aged 16 to 20 ---from 20 libraries from five regions have been selected to join the course.
Top 20 Selected enthusiasts will get to meet successful women in the country, said the project manager.
Project Manager, Tech Age Girls (Myanmar), Sandra Chit Hpo: We’ll have selected girls from rural areas over to Yangon and let them meet each other, engaging in conferences. They will also get to meet and discuss with women who are successful in business, arts, and politics, and be inspired by them.
The Executive director also added that despite the growing interest, further support is necessary to ensure the maximum participation.
Executive Director, Myanmar Book Aid & Preservation Foundation, Dr. Thant Thaw Kaung: We need support not only from government but from international organizations. What also matters is the community itself – they need to take interest in it. What happens here is, there are more enthusiasts than we can actually support.
Tech Age Girls has been inspiring young girls for over 10 years in 10 countries all over the world.