GP, Telenor, UNICEF launch Digiworld Bangla to make online edn safe for children

Business Desk | Published: 22:28, Nov 26,2020


Grameenphone, Telenor and UNICEF announced the launch of Digiworld Bangla, a learning resource designed in Bangla to help children between the ages of five and 16 develop an online understanding and strengthen digital resilience, especially in this unprecedented challenging new-normal context, said a press release.

This global online curriculum with immense possibilities was developed for children, families and schools by international experts Parent Zone together with Telenor Group, Grameenphone and was made possible in partnership with UNICEF.

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.

Commemorating the launch of this initiative, GP’s CEO Yasir Azman commented, ‘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. Change is inevitable, and so while we adjust ourselves to the “new normal”, we must as well ensure complete safety of it. 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.’

Telenor Asia external relations head Hakon Bruaset Kjol said, ‘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. 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.’

Collaboratively, Grameenphone, Telenor and UNICEF have trained 1 milliom children and engaged with 3,00,000 parents and guardians across Bangladesh to facilitate the adoption of best practices and informed use of the Internet.  

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