The International Labour Organization is a United Nations agency dealing with labour-related problems; particularly international labour standards, social protection, and work opportunities for all.
The Myanmar Safe Youth@Work program promotes effective occupational safety and health standards, but there is no preventive culture and there are major gaps in awareness by agricultural sector workers and agricultural students. There is an opportunity for ILO to develop OSH training in the 15 vocational agriculture institutions (SAIs), which resort under the Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation.
MDF conducted an inventory to assess which modules in the current curriculum contained any information about OSH. After that, we facilitated several curriculum development workshops to design the OSH curriculum with the teachers. The newly designed curriculum was tested in a Training of Teachers course. The results are further carried out in four further training of teacher courses so that all relevant teachers can use the new materials provided. In addition, we organized coordinating meetings with the Department of Agriculture and other projects to ensure a lasting impact.
The project is ongoing; with the training of teachers, we ensure that the implementation is nationwide. The Ministry, with our facilitation, is able to continuously update the OSH modules so that they are fully embedded in the official curriculum.