Ooredoo Myanmar announced that it aims to contribute amount over one billion kyats through its CSR initiative for education development in nationwide “The more you speak, the more Ooredoo will give back” CSR program
The CSR initiative titled “The more you speak, the more Ooredoo will give back” supports the education of underprivileged children in monastic schools in Myanmar. According to the Monastic Education Development Group, these schools are collectively responsible for educating over 300, 000 children.
Vikram Sinha, CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar said, “Education significantly contributes to the development of children, communities, and countries. We are heartened by the generous hearts of the people of Myanmar, who have helped us dedicate resources towards helping eliminate inequality for children’s access to education. These funds will help in knocking down the barriers which prevent children from accessing education today, especially in rural underserved areas of Myanmar.” Through the initiative, Ooredoo donated 1 Kyat each time an Ooredoo customer made a call (to any number) within their region. Ooredoo began implementation of this program in Magway Region on September 4, 2017. This was followed by Ayeyarwaddy Region in September, Sagaing Region, Bago Region, and Mon State in November, Kayin State and Mandalay Region in December, Yangon Region, Nay Pyi Taw Council, Kayah State, Kachin State and Thanintharyi Region in January 2018 and Shan State in February 2018. The implementation period of each location was 90 days.
Ooredoo has carefully selected initial beneficiaries which include monastic education or youth training centers focused on education and social development in line with priorities expressed by regional government. Ooredoo has celebrated these initial donations through ceremonies in Magway, Ayeyarwaddy, Mandalay, Sagaing and Bago Regions, with the donations over 260 million Kyats being used to construct school buildings and equip computer laboratories with laptops, printers and scanners connected to Ooredoo’s superfast internet. Sinha concluded: “This initiative is part of our education-focused community and social responsibility strategy in Myanmar. Our goal is to support underprivileged children in the journey towards becoming independent, informed and empowered students. We will continue to work to enrich the communities in which we operate in, supporting human growth and contributing to Myanmar’s long-term sustainable societal and economic development.”