"tekkatho" means “university” in Pali.
eTekkatho, is a not-for-profit project committed to providing a free digital library of research and learning resources to today’s students, academics and librarians in Myanmar (Burma). The eTekkatho digital library contains key educational resources specially collected to support teaching and research in Myanmar.
We select the best global open educational resources and adapt them so that they can work anywhere, even in places with little or no internet connection.
We are a virtual collaboration between The University of Manchester British Council and our participating partner institutions in Myanmar. The library content is selected to support the curricula and ethos of our partner universities and institutions and each resource is approved by at least two specialists.
Alongside providing a free digital library, we also run programmes of training to librarians, educators and students where we introduce people of all ages in Myanmar to using the eTekkatho library, self-study and basic computer (IT) skills.
Over 10000 people have attended an eTekkatho training course… so far
eTekkatho digital library
We deliver the eTekkatho library to you in two ways:
Firstly: in stand-alone, offline, local installations at our partner institutions in Myanmar (shown below in eTekkatho hotspots), this offline version contains the eTekkatho Special Collections- these are educational resources that have been adapted to work offline- without the need for any internet connection.
The Special Collections contain resources from the University of Manchester massive open online course materials (MOOC’s), British Council, Wikipedia in English and Myanmar languages, Fuse School science videos, Khan Academy videos, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare and Yaung Zin teacher training materials.
Secondly: in a smaller collection, online through this website http://www.etekkatho.org/ especially designed for quick downloads in low bandwidth and poor connectivity.
All of the library resources have been carefully selected and catalogued and made available through a searchable interface. Please use the Browse and Search buttons on the home page to explore the library.
Whichever way you access the library, you can browse the resources and download the ones you want to use off-line on your own mobile or laptop (subject to their licence conditions.)
You can read more about the contents of the eLibrary on our About the library page
The eTekkatho team is based at The University of Manchester. We are currently funded to the equivalent of just over two and half people over a year. We have split this into little fractions of several people’s time, so we are a small team but between us have degrees in computer science, physics, economics, English geography, mathematics, chemistry and social sciences. In addition, many people have contributed their time and expertise to the project for free.
- Yin Tun
- Project Manager
- Clare Bowden
- eTekkatho Librarian
- May Thet Khine Nyein
- IT & Education Co-ordinator (Yangon)
- Rob Dunne
- Research Software Engineer
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The project was set up with support from the Open Society Foundations.
Our work is far from over, with your support we can not only continue to provide our current service levels, but also add more partner universities and community libraries to the eTekkatho network- to do this we need volunteer support and funding.
We have installed the eTekkatho library on the local area networks of our partnering institutions across Myanmar. These are "hotspots" this means if you are in the building at a partner university, you can access the full eTekkatho digital library, including our Special Collections, wirelessly at a broadband speed.
Local hotspots of the eTekkatho digital library have been set up at the following institutions in Myanmar:
- Bago University
- Banmaw University
- Brahmaso Library, Mandalay
- British Council, Mandalay
- British Council, Yangon
- Dagon University
- Dawei University
- Hakha College
- Hpa-An University
- Kalay University
- Lashio University
- Loikaw University
- Magway University
- Mandalay University
- Mawlamyine University
- Myitkyina University
- Myanmar Environment Institute
- National Library, Nay Pyi Taw
- National Library, Yangon
- Pathein University
- Phaung Daw Oo Library, Mandalay
- Sittwe University
- Taunggoke Degree College
- Taungoo University
- Taunggyi University
- University of Medicine, Taunggyi
- University of Distance Education, Yangon
- West Yagnon University
- Yadanabon University
- Yangon University