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Telenor Pakistan working with Facebook for hunt of Next Internet Champion

Faryal Nadeem Feb 24, 2017
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Telenor Pakistan and Facebook have started its second installment to find the Internet Champion. iChamp hunt is a nationwide competition for the school going children and is a reality show which will be telecasted on TV this year. The ceremony will start in Rawalpindi in a private school. The top management members of Facebook and Telenor Pakistan will attend the ceremony. Telenor Pakistan will collaborate with Facebook to launch the hunt for the upcoming Internet Champion.

The primary goal of the iChamp 2017 is to educate youth so that they can avail the benefits by using the internet safely. The program will support the Facebook Free basics, which will provide access to the dozens of learning and fun websites. The program will cover at least 76 districts including all four provinces Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. It is estimated to cover 600,000 students who will be trained by experts with free resources and handbooks.

In the first phase of Program, iChamp will have training and competitions will include the active use of the internet. It will be held responsible for at least 1600 schools nationwide. Three students from every school will be shortlisted for the district level competition.

While in the second phase, the district level competition will be held at district HQ. All winning students will be participated and shortlisted for provincial level competition.

The third phase provincial competition will be held at the respective provincial capital. Only three winners will be shortlisted from every province.

The selected 12 winners will proceed for the reality show iChamp, which will telecast on the national TV. It will be the biggest and the first show where students from all over Pakistan will be supported and encouraged. Telenor will be facilitating and spreading the digital learning via the mobile internet. The reality show is of 15 episodes and will feature competitions on the internet productivity. The grand finale will be ultimate and announced in the show.

Free Basics will sponsor the show. It will promote the use of cellular education and learning. The program started in 2012 that aims to promote learning and the safe use of the internet for the school children across Pakistan. The program reached 1603 schools and had trained 632,289 students all over Pakistan. However, 61380 students were highly skilled. iChamp proves to be a stable platform which will support Telenor Pakistan. This effort will educate the children and encourage then to use the internet safely. The Internet needs to be accessed for fun and learning.

A safety guidebook is launched by the Telenor Company in English as well as the Urdu language. This will help parents to talk and participate in the internet safety campaign free of cost.

The link to the book is available here.