State Agricultural Institutes

The programme concerns the strengthening of 14 State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs). Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. There will be ample technical expertise transfer between Netherlands and Myanmar. This will make the schools more attuned to their regions’ specific agricultural circumstances. It also ensures that the SAI curriculum will be better tailored to job profiles and real job needs. 

Engagement by Ministry 

Susanne van Lieshout from our office in Myanmar has this to say about this project: “Our first mission was really successful. It demonstrated deep involvement and ownership by the ministry. The principals of all 14 schools were present too. They showed a strong willingness to get things moving and start making necessary changes.”

Good examples in the Netherlands

Myanmar is currently undergoing many transformations. Having been isolated for many years previously, the country’s educational and agricultural sectors are facing quite a few challenges. Earlier this year a delegation from the ministry, including several agricultural school principals, visited the Netherlands. “Seeing the vocational training in agriculture in Holland was very interesting. It is clear that our school curriculum needs revision, to better contribute to modernizing our agri-sector”, says Director General of the Department of Agricultural Planning Mr Kyaw Swe Lin. “We are ready for this now…” 

Need to know more? Contact Susanne van Lieshout in Myanmar.


Picture: The full delegation in front of the State Agricultural Institute in Pyinmana. The building dates from 1923. Photo by Susanne van Lieshout.