Ger­man am­bas­sador lauds vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­tre

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The Ger­man am­bas­sador spoke of the value of vo­ca­tional train­ing at the in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of the No. 1 In­dus­trial Train­ing Cen­ter (Sinde) held in Pyay on Fe­bru­ary 8.

The project is co-funded by the Ger­man gov­ern­ment and the Myan­mar gov­ern­ment.

Mrs. Dorothee Jantzke-Wen­zel, Ger­man Am­bas­sador to Myan­mar, had the fol­low­ing to say at the event:

“In 2016, the State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called for the pro­mo­tion of vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion in Myan­mar with a no­tion that ed­u­ca­tion is the abil­ity to over­come life’s chal­lenges and ob­sta­cles. She has called on stu­dents and their par­ents to value the vo­ca­tional train­ing as it is an ed­u­ca­tional path that meets their in­ter­est and can en­hance their lives.

Ger­many fully agrees with the State Coun­sel­lor: Vo­ca­tional train­ing is an im­por­tant el­e­ment in mov­ing Myan­mar for­ward. It is not only a sound and good part of the in­di­vid­ual

ed­u­ca­tion of a stu­dent, but also an im­por­tant corner­stone for build­ing a suc­cess­ful econ­omy. Only with skilled staff is the pri­vate sec­tor, es­pe­cially small and medium seized en­ter­prises, ca­pa­ble to de­velop fur­ther. With­out ap­pro­pri­ate qual­i­fied staff, lo­cal com­pa­nies are lim­ited in fully tap­ping their po­ten­tial and to be com­pet­i­tive.

Ger­many has a long tra­di­tion of vo­ca­tional train­ing. The so called dual ed­u­ca­tion is re­garded as one of the key el­e­ments for Ger­many’s eco­nomic suc­cess. The “Handw­erk” has a proud and long-stand­ing place in Ger­many’s cul­ture and econ­omy.

The same can be said for the In­dus­trial Train­ing Cen­ter Sinde: it has a long-stand­ing place in Myan­mar-Ger­man re­la­tions, as we have been co­op­er­at­ing in Sinde for al­most 40 years now. Next year, we’ll be able to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of the ITC Sinde. Be­cause of the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Myan­mar in 1988, Ger­many in­ter­rupted the co­op­er­a­tion, but the ITC Sinde was the first vo­ca­tional train­ing cen­tre, where we restarted our co­op­er­a­tion in 2012.

Ger­many would like the MMR tran­si­tion to democ­racy to be suc­cess­ful and is happy to give sup­port. Tran­si­tion means on the one hand that civil rights, rule of law and free­dom can be en­joyed. On the other hand it means that all peo­ple in the coun­try can feel a change for the bet­ter in their own per­sonal life and their eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion. As a con­se­quence, Ger­many is sup­port­ing MMR, e.g. in in­sti­tu­tion build­ing and civil ed­u­ca­tion. But also co­op­er­ates in or­der to im­prove the liveli­hood of the peo­ple in MMR.

Ger­many has re­sumed its de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion with the Gov­ern­ment of MMR in 2012. Since then, Ger­many has com­mit­ted more than 2016 Mio. Euro (about 255 Mio. USD) to sup­port MMR in her en­deav­our to de­velop a demo­cratic and in­clu­sive so­ci­ety. Jointly with the Gov­ern­ment of MMR, Ger­many has de­cided to sup­port MMR in two main sec­tors: sus­tain­able eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment.

Since 2012, Ger­many has sup­ported ITC Sinde to be­come a Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence: Not only did Ger­many sup­port the pro­cure­ment of mod­ern ma­chin­ery, but it also sup­ported ITC Sinde in de­vel­op­ing fur­ther the cur­ricu­lum and the train­ing of the teach­ers. Most of the ITC Sinde teach­ers have par­tic­i­pated in train­ings fo­cus­ing on ped­a­gog­i­cal as­pects as well as tech­ni­cal sub­jects. For all of this, ITC Sinde has re­ceived strong sup­port from ded­i­cated de­vel­op­ment ad­vis­ers, in­te­grated ex­perts and lo­cal and Ger­man con­sul­tants.

I would like to thank ev­ery­body who contributed to the suc­cess. Let me par­tic­u­larly thank the prin­ci­pal and staff of ITC Sinde. The ac­tive in­volve­ment and en­thu­si­asm of the man­age­ment and train­ing staff through­out the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project was an es­sen­tial el­e­ment of the suc­cess of the project.

I am also glad to see that the knowl­edge and ex­per­tise is shared with other TVET schools. A TVET school net­work to­gether with ITC Sinde and other se­lected Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion TVET schools in Myan­mar was es­tab­lished to sup­port the knowl­edge shar­ing, les­son learnt and trans­fer of best prac­tices among TVET schools.

A thriv­ing econ­omy is es­sen­tial for Myan­mar’s fur­ther de­vel­op­ment. What is also nec­es­sary is an in­clu­sive so­ci­ety in which all dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups can peace­fully live and work to­gether. I am con­vinced that learn­ing to­gether is a very good method for get­ting to know each other bet­ter and for un­der­stand­ing the dif­fer­ences but also the com­mon­al­i­ties of per­sons from dif­fer­ent eth­nic and re­gional back­grounds. Friend­ships that are made dur­ing the years of study­ing to­gether very of­ten last for the life.

Dear stu­dents and trainees, I trust that you make the most of your train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion here at ITC and that you will be able to con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of your coun­try. The State Coun­sel­lor rightly em­pha­sised the para­mount im­por­tant of vo­ca­tional train­ing. Be­ing a stu­dent at the ITC Sinde, should make you very proud.

To­day’s in­au­gu­ra­tion of the project of de­vel­op­ment of No. 1 In­dus­trial Train­ing Cen­ter marks a mile­stone of a Myan­mar-Ger­man Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Pro­gram. Ger­many is happy to con­tinue to work with you by sup­port­ing young peo­ple in this coun­try and also sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of MMR.”

In­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony. Photo: Ger­man Em­bassy

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