Bangladesh Sustainability Excellence Awards Finalists 2023: How GP is creating digital inclusion and increasing online safety
Grameenphone partnered with Plan International Bangladesh to create a safe online space for 2.3 million vulnerable people by 2024 and to empower them with digital knowledge and practical solutions.

This mission is rooted in the understanding of the critical importance of digital literacy and access for individuals and communities, particularly those identified by the government’s strategy as vulnerable groups such as people from char or haor areas, gypsy communities, single parent households, young school dropouts, street children, transgender individuals, tea garden workers, disabled people and ethnic groups.

The impacts in various key areas are as below.

117, 624 students acquired essential digital skills.
1000 teachers from 600 schools received training.
40% rise in basic online safety knowledge among the children and young adults.

Digital Literacy: 117,624 students along with 1000 teachers from 600 schools have received this training. A pre and post survey was conducted which indicates a 40% rise in their basic online safety knowledge.
Economic Empowerment: The project is designed in a way that includes relevance based blended training. So that a farmer will only able to access information digitally that is relevant for his or her cultivation, plan selling of his products. This content is getting developed with the help of a baseline survey.
Local Leadership acceptability: The collaboration with local leaders has been instrumental in the project’s success. Local leaders, School headmaster/mistress, Education office, governing bodies so far are requesting further more training, training model that has been developed has been distributed to over 25,000 people so that further sensitization can continue to deliver.
Baseline survey on digital skills: A unique survey that has not been conducted on such a large scale. This gives us insight to the actual challenge these people face in digital space. Around 8000 individuals from 11 different vulnerable groups were interviewed and 13 FGDs were conducted to get the results.

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