2014 - until now : Launched Beyond Access Myanmar project which is offering hundreds of public libraries with internet access and tablets with sponsorship from Beyond Access, Ooredoo Myanmar and Ministry of Information. Initially 2014, 55 libraries were supported by Ooredoo Myanmar but from early 2017 onward, 150 libraries have received digital devices (tablets and laptops) and out of 150, 90 libraries have got free internet which is being sponsored by Ooredoo Myanmar. CurrentBeyond Access Myanmar Map can be found here.
The Beyond Access Myanmar project aims to support Myanmar’s libraries so they can 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 access to the internet. The project focuses on training librarians, helping them to develop new services and support their communities to increase information literacy. It also aims to maximize the impact of public access technology and internet, and develop 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.