Closing ceremony held for First Aid for All Training Project (Phase II)

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Closing Ceremony for First Aid for All Training Project (Phase II) is held online on 23 January 2021. Photo: MNA

Deputy Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor U Min Lwin addressed a virtual event held yesterday to mark the conclusion of the First Aid for All Training Project (Phase II), targeting youths and women from townships in Rakhine State.
In his remarks, the Deputy Minister said that the art of first aid is indeed noble, and by serving first aid to those who are suffering from injuries, loss of lives could be prevented. He noted that these trainings are being held for the benefit of youths and women from Rakhine State, and that although all was set to commence the project since August of last year, due to the situation of COVID-19, the project’s Phase I trainings could be virtually held only in December. He said that Phase II trainings commenced on January 6 of this year and that regardless of being an online course, due to qualified instructors and the interest shown by trainees, the trainings were a great success.
He expressed his trust that those who have completed this training will be of a benefit to their wards, villages, communities, and their state through the first aid education that they have gained urging them to share with their communities whatever they have learnt. He said he believed that social harmony would be enhanced by promoting understanding and trust among youths. He pointed out that goodwill, loving-kindness, sympathy, and consideration for others, which are the fundamental principles of the Red Cross, are vital in the development of social harmony.
He revealed that plans are already underway to hold Phase III of the project to cover all remaining townships in Rakhine State, emphasizing that human injuries, caused by natural disasters, armed conflicts, and mines planted in Rakhine State and needing emergency care, can now be assisted through first aid courses learnt here.
He highlighted the fact that with the leadership of the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor, and in collaboration with Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) and Center for Diversity and National Harmony (CDNH), plans are underway to implement Mine Risk Reduction Project, beginning in February of this year. He detailed that there will be four Mine Risk Education virtual trainings for youths and women from potential mine-risk townships in Rakhine State and that those who have completed these trainings would persist in knowledge dissemination for mine reduction awareness in their wards and villages, utilizing mine-risk educative handouts and posters.
He also thanked everyone who turned these trainings into a success.
Ms Christine Burgener, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, spoke words of honour at the event. Dr Maung Maung Myint, Chairperson of MRCS, and Dr Kyaw Yin Hlaing, Executive Director of CDNH, also added their commendations at the course completion.
Dr Aung Thurein, Director from the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor and First Aid for All Training Project In-charge, explained the objectives of the trainings and tasks being carried out in Rakhine State for the emergence of social harmony.
The closing ceremony was attended by Colonel Htein Lin (Retd), Advisor to the Office of the President, dignitaries from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor, central executive committee members of the MRCS, resident representatives from International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), heads of UN agencies, instructors, and trainees, numbering over a hundred and fifty.
First Aid for All Training Project (Phase I) was implemented from December 6 to 23, 2020, and it was attended by 170 trainees from diverse social communities across Sittwe, Pauktaw, Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Kyaukphyu, and Thandwe townships in Rakhine State. Phase II of the training project for 247 youths and women from various social communities across Manaung, Ramree, Ann, Toungup, and Gwa townships was held from January 6 to 23.
The three-day virtual training for each township, coached by veteran instructors from MRCS, was attended by an average of 50 trainees.
The Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor, the MRCS, and the CDNH collaborated in organizing the First Aid for All Training Project.

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