Grameenphone – Microsoft digital literacy programme

In November 2009, Telenor mobile operator Grameenphone partnered with Microsoft to increase digital literacy among the rural people in Bangladesh.

Microsoft’s Digital Literacy Curriculum is a well-established e-learning module which teaches people basic computer skills, helping them to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities.

All the content of the curriculum is in Bengali and aimed particularly at rural students, unemployed youth and women.

Distributed through 500 CICs

The curriculum is disseminated through more than 500 authorised Community Information Centers (CICs) as well as through other vehicles of Grameenphone initiatives – school cyclone shelters, Information Boats and other educational institutions – across Bangladesh.

Users are able to access computers and learn through online digital literacy resources. They may also take online assessment tests through the CIC website. Successful candidates will be presented with a certificate of their achievement.

Free of cost

Microsoft is providing this digital literacy curriculum – including the examination – free of cost for this initiative. Through this partnership, Grameenphone and Microsoft are seeking new ways to enable people to use information and computer technology in everyday life. The socioeconomic benefits of this may be tremendous.

Visit the Community Information Centers’ own website.

For more information, please contact:

Arild Kaale Email: arild.kaale@grameenphone.com,

Mobile phone: +8801711500555