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Ooredoo and Khan Academy Announce Myanmar’s First ‘Translate-a-thon’

Ooredoo Myanmar announced that it has teamed up with the Khan Academy Myanmar to help make the latter’s wealth of educational material available across Myanmar.

The Khan Academy Myanmar is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to change education for the better by harnessing technology to make a world-class education available free to anyone.

An extensive library of education resources, including interactive challenges, assessments and videos are available for students, coaches, parents and teachers.

Ooredoo said with its 3G network, the potential exists for millions of new internet users to leverage the comprehensive syllabus of the Khan Academy to access further education across the country.

The free library of educational resources includes 6,000 videos covering subjects such as: maths, sciences, economics, finance and history. The videos currently receive 10 million views every month from students around the world.

However, one challenge that needs to be overcome to support this initiative is the translation of large volumes of the Khan Academy’s content into Myanmar language.

The team behind Ooredoo’s IdeaBox initiative has set about overcoming this through the announcement of Myanmar’s first ever “translate-athon,” to be held at Ooredoo’s offices in MICT Park on August 9.

The event will call upon bi-lingual volunteers from all walks of life to come together and volunteer their Saturday in order to translate as many Khan Academy videos into Myanmar language as possible.

“We believe our services can help enable human growth through affordable and easy mobile access, and this includes increasing access to education for all across the country,” an Ooredoo spokeswoman said. 

“By collaborating and coming together, our volunteers have the power to positively influence so many lives,” she added.

Those willing to volunteer for the project were asked by Ooredoo to submit a short video translation to www.translateathonmyanmar.org.

The event is being organised as a competition with a number of prizes being offered by Ooredoo.

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