2017 Myanmar Saemaul Leaders’ workshop and prize-giving ceremony

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Myanmar Saemaul Leaders’ Workshop 2017 held at Excel River View Hotel, Thanlyin. Photo: Thant Zin Win

The 2017 Myanmar Saemaul Leaders’ Workshop, jointly organised by the Korea Saemaul Undong Training Center (KSMU) and Co-operative University of Thanlyin, was being held at the Excel River View Hotel, Thanlyin, in the last week of November.
U Kyaw Ngwe, Permanent Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock Breeding and Irrigation, urged the leaders of Saemaul Leaders’ Workshop to implement the development of their families and their own villages through nearby villages and other villages across the country.
Rector Prof. Dr. Daw Ye Ye Win of the Co-operative University of Thanlyin clarified effective ways and means of finding innovations and new markets in order to use raw materials from the villages.
Members of SMU explained Myanmar Saemaul Leaders’ Workshop to the attendees form Thanlyin and Hlegu townships in Yangon.
Mr. Chaung Kap Jin, head of AERDTC, explained that it was an intensive training programme to share Korea’s development experiences with government officials and community leaders from developing countries. They have implemented the training programme in 45 countries including Myanmar, starting in 2012. He added that he was pleased to witness the success of the campaign in Myanmar.
This workshop has been successfully held in the villages which underwent the SMU project from 2012 to 2016. They awarded the villages which managed to hold the kind workshop in their communities. Among them, Thanatpin village won the first prize of Ks75 lakhs, Ba Yet Village won the second prize of Ks40 lakhs, Say Lon Gyi Village won the third prize of Ks25 lakhs, and San Pya village and East San Pya Village jointly won the consolation prize of Ks15 lakhs each.
SMU leader U San Ngwe shared his experiences of managing to improve infrastructure such as bridges and roads to literally pave the way to other places in the region by using the funds provided. Moreover, he learnt he could earn extra money by breeding pigs and chickens on a manageable scale. As a result, he expand his business by investing wisely. The young people in his village have begun to change to a positive attitude to their work.
“They are eager to learn the latest technology in order to possess better standard of living”, U San Ngwe said.
Attendees at the SMU were Rector Professors from Thanlyin Co-operative University and Phaung Gyi Co-operative College, Associate Professors, Head Professors, teachers and Myanmar Saemaul Leaders’ Workshop campaigners.

Thant Zin Win

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