Beyond Access Myanmar to modernize libraries

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Union Minister U Ye Htut greets a foreign guests at launching ceremony of the Beyond Access Myanmar project. Photo: Tin Aye (IPRD)

A total of 55 libraries will be developed with the Beyond Access Myanmar project in 2015 at the districts and townships where internet connection is available.
The launching ceremony of this project was held at Sedona Hotel in Yangon on Saturday, and attended by U Ye Htut, Union Minister for Information, and U Thaung Tin, Deputy Minister  for Communications and Information Technology.
This information technology system is projected to set up in Yangon, Bago, Mandalay and Sagaing regions to turn the conventional public libraries into modern information centres with the cooperative supports of the Myanmar Book Aid and Preservation Foundation, Ooredoo, Ministry of Information and Irex, an international nonprofit organization.
The project will include trainings for librarians on modern information technologies, public services, supporting with technologies and equipment and development programmes for the libraries.
Dr Thant Thaw Kaung, executive director of MBAPF, said: “Information access is still a challenge in Myanmar. Public libraries are one of the options to be able to solve this problem. The Beyond Access Myanmar will train librarians for information technology, and will provide these libraries with variety of books, latest books and some applications which apply Myanmar language in tablet computers.”
He also said that some 22,000 persons would be able to learn information technologies under this programme.
Ma Thiri Kya Nyo, manager of Ooredoo, said: “Our company will supply 55 libraries with equipment as a pilot project. We have plans to expand our contribution in the future.”
Together with the support of IREX in this programme, Ooredoo will contribute tablet computers, 3G Wireless Routers and high-speed internet network, and the MBAPF will take over training programme.
The Beyond Access is a global network of IREX to develop public libraries into modern learning facilities, including those in Myanmar with nearly 5,000 libraries.--Moe Thuzar Soe

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