As the world has been shaped by the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of mobile technology and its ability to connect people across the world, has become more evident than ever before. Initiatives such as “Online Safety Programme" in Norway and Bangladesh, “Digital Birth Registration” in Pakistan and “Future Skills for All” in Malaysia have educated millions of children, adolescents, guardians, and teachers on what the digital space has to offer.
"At UNICEF we know that bridging the digital divide and utilising digital tools are game changers. Telenor Group offers valuable insight on technology and the digital world. Mobile technology has proven to be very important to help vulnerable groups access information and educational programs that prepare them for what the advantages the digital space has to offer," says Camilla Viken, Executive Director at UNICEF Norway.
“For Telenor the partnership is important because it allows both sides to work towards empowering societies and enabling equal opportunities for all in countries that Telenor operate in,” Cecilie Heuch, Executive Vice President and Head of Group People and Sustainability at Telenor, continues.
Telenor has committed to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This commitment is reflected in the company’s business strategy and purpose. Telenor see their business operations as intertwined with their commitment to society and have maintained their digital responsibility to empower societies by promoting digital inclusion, increasing connectivity, and building skills for a digital future. The UNICEF partnership is an integral part of this commitment.
“We have reached our initial goals, but the work is not done. Together, Telenor and UNICEF will continue to utilise our core expertise to reduce inequalities and empower young people in our communities,” Heuch summarises.