Aiming at continuing to support vocational agricultural education, the proposed outputs of the project Strenghten Education and Research in Agriculture build on the results achieved in the Niche project Strengthening of vocational education and training for food security in Myanmar. Whereas the first project in Myanmar was all about upgrading the 3 year curriculum at SAIs and teaching teachers new skills, this project aims at transforming a selected SAI to an Agricultural College and further increase the capabilities and competences of future teachers by establishing an Agricultural Teacher Training Unit (ATTU).
The current curriculum at all State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs) include three years of training. After finishing an SAI, an excellent student may choose to continue his education at Yezin Agricultural University. The difference between the two types of education are significant: the SAI curriculum focusses on practical application of agricultural knowledge, the university on theory and research. To fill the gap, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, responsible for agricultural education, requested an upgrade of one selected SAI by adding a year 4 and 5 to the 3-year curriculum. This Agricultural College will have a program comparable with higher education of applied science and will include subjects like value chain, post-harvest technology, food processing and practical business oriented research.
Agricultural Teacher Training Unit
The extention of the curriculum and inclusion of new subjects asks for different skills and knowledge from teachers. A teacher training unit will be set up at at Yezin Agricultural University to educate future teachers in agriculture, including competences to deliver gender sensitive and inclusive education.