Myanmar’s first civic education app launches

The application is based on five concepts – citizenship, democracy, elections, rule of law and peace, developers told The Myanmar Times.

Its name – New Niti – is based on the Pali word for “knowledge” or “wisdom”, said Angelika Kahlos, project manager for civil society group OneWorld.

OneWorld has developed the service – which is designed to run on Android smartphones – with other civil society organisations, app developers, illustrators, digital marketing strategists and scriptwriters.

“In Myanmar, 85 percent of mobile users have an Android smart phone,” said Ms Kahlos. If iOS phones are used widely in the future, the group will create another application for iOS.

The app will include a question and answer feature called “Let’s Ask – Myanmar” to educate young people, she said, adding that she hopes New Niti will be used beyond the major cities, particularly in rural areas.

“Users can ask and learn about things they want to know,” said U Thant Thura Myo, a senior project manager from local company Revo Tech, which worked on the technical aspects of the app.

He said it is also designed to be entertaining, with songs, cartoons, animation, quizzes and surveys.

The app is available in both the Myanmar and English languages, and can be downloaded from the Google Play store.

Its aim is to provide greater political transparency and accountability, encouraging critical thinking and active community engagement among Myanmar’s young people, according to a media release.

Since the project began in early 2015, a number of groups have worked on designing the app.

These include training and curriculum development organisations, the Center for Youth and Social Harmony, the Kalyana Mitta Foundation, Mote Oo, the Open Myanmar Initiative, Oxfam in Myanmar and the Saitta Thukha Development Institute, according to the release.

Source: Myanmar Times

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