If you are reading this, chances are you are IT literate. You are probably in the comfort of your home, air-conditioned office or drinking a latte in a quaint little coffeeshop while your computer, laptop, or mobile phone loads another webpage. All these things are great. But please do not take them for granted.
I learned how to type on a keyboard when I was six. I could still vividly remember how it went: the teachers brought all of us to the computer lab, made us take off our shoes (the stench was unbearable, think six year olds and their feet!), and sit on fluffy chairs. But guess what? I was extremely fortunate to have known technology at a very young age.
The scene is very much different in Myanmar, where the KT Care Foundation cites an extremely low 0.7 percent Internet penetration. The non-profit organization is making use of the Internet to allow youths to get started withIT literacy. How? They will be launching a social business by establishing a service center for photography, copying, typing and printing services in Thet Kel Thuang, a big village in the Delta region of the country.
Revenue generated from this business will go to two different destinations: firstly, to keep the business sustainable and running, and secondly, to support the computer literacy project which will provide rural youths with computer classes and skills.
According to the foundation, many graduates cannot even use computers and the Internet well unless they can afford courses in computer training centres. This made me think: what more the rural youths? As Myanmar opens itself up to the many opportunities available, in terms of agriculture, manufacturing and business, let’s not forget the ones who can really use IT literacy skills to improve chances of getting a better livelihood.
Even with numerous people from previous generations bemoaning that kids are all too engrossed in their gadgets and devices, this is definitely not the case with Myanmar’s youths, especially those in rural areas. As seen in the video below, many of them do not even know how to operate a computer.
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Check out their video below:
Image Credit: KT Care Foundation