UNESCO is a UN agency promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms. In light of their Strengthening Business Skills for Youth Employment project in Myanmar, they have established the Centre for Excellence for Business Skills Development (CEBSD), which aims to provide collaboration opportunities for the private sector and academics to jointly address business development issues for youth employment.
After many years of low public and private investment in the education sector, Myanmar is striving to bring the sector in line with international standards. In light of this, the CEBSD will be offering a variety of courses, one of which is the Training and Assessment programme. This will be used to train trainers and assessors to deliver training programmes of the Centre and further outreach programmes across the country.
Based on the guidelines from UNESCO Myanmar, the Training and Assessment programme was designed and developed by a team of MDF Training & Consultancy trainers in close cooperation with the UNESCO team. It will allow current and future trainers to develop and implement trainings according to latest international standards. This includes the use of a participatory approach that stimulates active learning, a monitoring of learning progress, and the recording of training results. In addition, the trainers will also be introduced to the concepts of online and blended learning.
The training development was finalised in September 2015 with implementation starting shortly after. The results have not yet been measured, but the aim is that Myanmar’s pool of skilled trainers continues to increase, thereby contributing to the much-needed development of the country’s education sector.