Beyond Access Myanmar

The Beyond Access Myanmar project aims to support Myanmar’s libraries to serve more people with critical information and services. Our vision is that libraries will be centered around active librarians and welcoming spaces, and provide up-to-date materials and public internet access internet. The project focuses on training librarians, helping them develop new services and support their communities to increase information literacy. Beyond Access Myanmar aims to maximize the impact of public access to technology and internet by expanding leadership opportunities for girls and developing a long-term strategy to promote community literacy.

Myanmar has undertaken a rapid pace of reform since 2010. As the country develops, two emerging challenges are human capacity and access to information. With a national focus on people-centered development, the 5000 public libraries located throughout the country are ideal assets to ensure access to information for all. Beyond Access Myanmar will strengthen the public library system so that everyone benefits from new opportunities.
  • To expand access to the internet and ICT training throughout the country
  • To expand educational and leadership opportunities for adolescent girls
  • To support libraries in using technology for education
  • To boost online access to news and government information
  • To develop capacity of libraries to provide relevant information and community services

Librarian training and capacity building

Train librarians in information facilitation skills, including community needs assessment, information literacy, development of new services, and maximizing the value of public access technology and internet.

Education and leadership opportunities for girls

The Tech Age Girls program will prepare 100 adolescent girls to become community leaders, providing them with essential life skills and technology skills through an engaging, integrated program based at public libraries.

Infrastructure and equipment

Ooredoo will provide tablet computers, 3G routers and fast mobile internet access in participating libraries.

Partnership development and advocacy

Partner with government and civil society to employ public libraries as a development asset, helping agencies and organizations use libraries as a base to offer services to communities.

Promoting community literacy

Develop a long-term strategy for ensuring up-to-date literacy materials in relevant languages are provided through all libraries – particularly through the use of technology – by convening publishers and other stakeholders.