School construction in Myanmar
CO2 emissions from poorly-maintained vehicles have become a major social issue in developing countries. We are undertaking a project to train automobile mechanics in Myanmar, which will result in eliminating poorly-maintained vehicles.
To keep developing countries from following the developed countries down the same path of environmental destruction, we are striving to develop a broad range of human resources conscious of the need to protect the environment.
A growing inflow of foreign capital has helped Myanmar achieve dramatic economic development as “Asia’s final frontier”
Myanmar borders China, Thailand, Laos, India, and Bangladesh and has a population of 51.41 million (2014 national census).
Since the general election of November 2010 held in accordance with a new constitution, Myanmar has seen a number of developments toward democratization, including the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the establishment of a new government to replace the military regime (State Peace and Development Council), and visits by President Obama and other high-ranking officials from various countries.
Although there are expectations that positive efforts to open the country to the outside world and achieve development by introducing foreign capital will quickly solve such problems as economic turmoil, lagging industrialization, and stagnant wages, the greatest issue confronting Myanmar is the procurement of high-quality industrial workers.
The first step in stopping environmental pollution by poorly-maintained vehicles is ensuring a pool of personnel capable of maintaining vehicles
Among the problems facing Myanmar are CO2 emissions from poorly-maintained vehicles and environmental pollution stemming from abandoned vehicles, and this environmental destruction by automobiles cannot be halted because of a serious lack of auto mechanics who have undergone proper training.
The technical assistance that developed countries have given Myanmar in recent years has tended to focus on the creation of engineering colleges and other institutions that help students acquire high-level skills and knowledge, but we believe that equally necessary are auto mechanic schools and similar facilities that produce industry-ready workers by teaching them basic skills.
During the 2013 visit by the mayor of Yangon to Kozo Yamamoto, Secretary-General of the Japan-Myanmar Parliamentarian Friendship League, we proposed on behalf of the members of the Myanmar Council, JAPIC, and the Development Bank of Japan Inc. in attendance the establishment of a “Myanmar Technical Education Center,” and commenced just such a project.
We are training a broad range of human resources needed to protect the environment at a school established under the auspices of the Myanmar government
We undertook this project under the auspices of the Myanmar Ministry of Science and Technology, and in June 2015 the Japan Myanmar Vocational Training Institute (JMVTI) Aung San Management Corporation was established.
The intended construction site for the school is the former location of the General Aung Sun Memorial School opened by Khin Kyi, former Ambassador to India and the wife of General Aung Sun. Since the school was closed by the military regime, many people have been calling in vain for the school to reopen, and it was finally decided for this project that the property would be provided by the Myanmar government as a symbol of friendly exchange between Japan and Myanmar.
We will offer Japan’s educational know-how and techniques not only to support Myanmar’s economic development but also to develop the human resources necessary to protect the country’s environment.