Myanmar Parliament Opens World Class Learning CentreMar 12, 2015
The Myanmar Parliament’s very own in-house training and learning institution was opened in the capital Nay Pyi Taw today by the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Helen Clark; the Deputy Speaker, H.E. U Nanda Kyaw Swa, and the Chairman of the International Relations Committee, H.E. U Hla Myint Oo.
The Learning Centre will provide training both for members of parliament and staff in order to provide them with the necessary knowledge and skill to perform their jobs well. The aim is to increase the overall efficacy and transparency of the Parliament of Myanmar.
“As a former Member of Parliament, Minister, and Prime Minister in New Zealand, I know full well how important good staff are to the functioning of a parliament. As MPs, we rely on our parliamentary staff to service our committees and the work of the parliamentary chamber,” said Ms. Clark.
“The committees of Parliament do the detailed work of oversight of government budgets and functions, and of scrutiny of legislation. By strengthening the work of the committees, by improving their outreach to citizens, and by publishing their working documents, Parliament overall becomes more effective and transparent.”
The Learning Centre is the result of the Parliament’s desire to have a world class learning facility.
“The Learning Centre will help the Parliament of Myanmar meet the high expectations of the Myanmar people,” said Deputy Speaker U Nanda Kyaw Saw.
“The establishment of the Learning Centre is an important step in our own development as a Parliament,’ Chairman U Hla Myint Oo.
The Learning Centre is housed in the Parliament complex, and has several classrooms, including a computer classroom and a ‘self-learning’ area. The training offered through the Centre will cover a variety of areas, from parliamentary procedure to management skills. The Centre also will conduct orientation exercises for new MPs after elections.
The Parliament of Myanmar, or Hluttaw, has been working with UNDP since late 2013 to develop The Learning Centre. UNDP shared international experience, facilitated consultations with the Parliamentary leadership, political leaders, and the management to develop the concept and plan for the Centre. Technical support for the design and equipment was also provided to develop the learning spaces and curriculum. UNDP will continue to provide further assistance to build the capacity of the Parliament to develop its own learning programmes over time.
“UNDP in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, is proud to support the initiative from development to launch, as part of broader support to the Hluttaw,” said Toily Kurbanov, UNDP Country Director.
UNDP’s work with the Hluttaw is supported by the governments of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.