Telenor, GP, UNICEF launch Digiworld Bangla

Staff Correspondent

27 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Grameenphone, Telenor and UNICEF have launched 'Digiworld Bangla', a learning resource designed in Bangla to help children between the ages of 5 and 16 develop online understanding and strengthen digital resilience.

Digiworld Bangla fosters an enjoyable learning experience for children through interactive games, access to a digital library that they can complete at their own pace for their knowledge and clarity, said a press release.

Commemorating the launch of the initiative Grameenphone CEO, Yasir Azman said, "While our young learners must be digitally oriented and tech-savvy so they may compete globally, it is equally important that they do this safely.

"Digiworld Bangla strongly complements our existing initiatives around Child Online Safety that we have been doing since 2014, by ensuring that children, parents and teachers have easy access to the right tools and knowledge they need to make safe and responsible choices online," he added.

Head of External Relations Telenor Asia Håkon Bruaset Kjøl added: "We've all increased the time we spend online this year and for children, this has brought about an elevated risk of cyber-bullying or exposure to other online dangers."

For ten years, Telenor has been helping children in Asia to stay safe online. The launch of DigiWorld Bangla is an important next step towards creating equal opportunity for all children to build digital resilience, which is more important today than it has ever been.

Digiworld Bangla is included in ITU guidelines as an example of how the ITU Guidelines on Child Online Protection can be delivered in practice.

The curriculum also has been developed according to ITU Guidelines on Child Online Protection and Parts of the curriculum can be used in an offline environment to support children and schools without internet connectivity.