New vocational institute opens in Yangon

Suu Vocational Institute, which will provide vocational training for people lacking formal education, opened in Hlaing Thayar township on Tuesday.

“All the vocational training will follow State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s instructions. Myanmar needs more vocational education because most people do not get degrees so they need vocational education to live better. The institute started implementing our leader’s guidelines,” said U Aung Lay Nwe, coordinator of the NLD Education Network.

All training provided by the institute will be free, and no prior education is required to apply to the institute.

NLD Education Network started to run education centres called Mother House schools in 2011. Suu Institute is the second school opened in Hlaing Thayar township by the NLD Education Network. The first one, a Mother House school, opened in 2011.

“Vocational education requires professional experts and contributes to the nation’s development. Now is a good time to change the education system, and the government is working toward reforming education. The National League for Democracy is also trying to offer vocational education to change the system,” said U Phyo Min Thein, chief minister for Yangon Region.

Basic computer, bakery, English, and Japanese classes are already opened and other classes will begin over the next two months. Chinese, Korean, tailoring, basic electronics, mobile phone hardware and software classes will also open soon.

The NLD Education Network will directly manage Suu Vocational Institute. People aged 17 and up can apply for training, and teachers currently working at Mother House centres will teach at the institute.

“The institute is in Hlaing Thayar township, which needs more vocational education, as there are many factories and workshops in the area,” said U Win Maung, MP of Yangon Region government for the township.

Local donors provided the land and Japan contributed to the building of the institute. The building cost US$100,000 and was built over seven months.

Source: Myanmar Times

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