Lilongwe, 10th December 2018 – After a successful collaboration on U-Report, UNICEF Malawi and Telekom Networks Malawi PLC (TNM) have now unveiled the Internet of Good Things (IoGT) https://mw.goodinternet.org.
IoGT aims to bring positive change by providing free information on education and health. Every TNM user can access IoGT for free from their TNM.org application and read about maternal health, hygiene, emergency information like Cholera, drought or flooding. By connecting to IoGT, people can access localized, updated, quality content from their mobile devices, at any time.
Johannes Wedenig, UNICEF Malawi Representative said UNICEF continues to foster meaningful partnerships with mobile network operators in Malawi to increase the reach of its messages. “Our collaboration with TNM on U-Report has enabled us to give young people a voice on issues that affect them. With IoGT, UNICEF and TNM will bring locally relevant information to the people,” explained Wedenig.
Globally, IoGT mobile sites have been accessed by 25 million users since 2015. The platform allows everyone to acquire new knowledge and skills so that more children can be protected from violence, harm and disease and can grow to their full potential. Any TNM user with a smartphone can access this information free of charge via TNM.org. Other users can get connected through Freebasics app.
Eric Valentine, TNM’s Acting Chief Executive Officer said TNM is happy to support UNICEF Malawi in using technology for good. TNM’s purpose is to connect people, change lives and create possibilities. In this collaboration with UNICEF, TNM is proud to be part of the effort to change the lives of people in Malawi through this IoGT initiative “TNM will distribute tablets to schools in Dedza as pilot district for IoGT – with the hope of replicating it nationwide,” said Valentine
TNM has also supported IoGT by marketing the platform through mass SMS broadcasts, digital ads and a social media campaign.
TNM is the pioneer mobile network in Malawi. Listed on the Malawi stock exchange, it was established in 1995 as a joint venture between Telekom Malaysia and the then government owned Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL), In April 2007 Telekom Malaysia sold its 60% majority stake in TNM. TNM is now wholly Malawian owned. Its network covers over 74% of the country.
You can use IoGT to access information on child rights
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.