Report of the 5th Advanced Leadership Course 2018

Report of the 5th Advanced Leadership Course 2018
May 29th – June 8th
Tai Kyo Village, Gwa Township, Rakhaing State


AFFM & Food Allied Workers organization, together with the University Teachers Association (UTA), held the 5th Advanced Leadership Course for 10 days from May 29 to June 8th in Gwa Township, Rakhaing State. During this course, participants received various lectures on such topics as the building of constructive industrial relations, cooperation-based organizational management, and international solidarity. The objective is to enable participants to gain the knowledge and grounding, necessary for them to excel as future trade union and workplace leaders. This year’s course was attended by 32 young trade union leaders from 8 regions; with 62% of them being women.

To deepen participants’ understanding of the differences regarding national labour movements and the role of trade unions in Myanmar’s reforming economy, U Zar Ni Thwe (Secretary General) delivered two lectures on “Social and Economic Development and the Social Role of the Labour Movement” and “Myanmar Labour-Management Relations.” U Zar Ni Thwe explained topics related to efforts to achieve employment stability through constructive industrial relations and the importance of realizing a proper distribution of profits to workers through contributions from productivity improvements.


– This is an advanced level programme for trade union leadership development.
– Key labour issues, which will be explored together, nclude:
a) Myanmar’s Trade Unions are not alone
– The perspective of GUF (International Trade Union’s Solidarity Action)
– The perspective of AFFM (Affiliate Union of IUF)
b) Trade Union in Society: Fundamentals and Change
c) International Labour Standards


The following lists the detailed content of the 10-day programme. Scheduling of the specific sessions to cover the content is done in consideration of the availability of resource individuals.

o Leadership (problem solving, decision-making, consensus-building)
o Effective Communications and Effective Presentations
o Project Planning
o Collective Bargaining

o AFFM (Objectives, Organization, Role, Activities and Campaigns)
o Role of the International Labour Organization ILO (Objectives, Organization, Role, Activities)

o Challenges and Opportunities of Globalization in Agricultural sector
o Social Safety Net
o Chances and Threats of Myanmar Labour Market
o Core Labour Standard and Fair Globalization
o Organizing Unprotected rural Workers
o Trade Union Strategy in Tackling Multinational Corporations (MNCs)


The approach to learning was participation-orientated, encouraging the exchange of views and sharing of experiences amongst the participants, using the following methods:

1. Individual and Group exercises, role-play and simulation including video replay
2. Individual self-learning project
3. Group Projections
4. Forum Organizing (Unprotected Workers)
5. Outdoor Activities (Group Competition)


Participants’ Working Committees

1- Project and Reports Committee
2- Forum and Outdoor Activities Committee
3- Administrative Matters and Recreation Committee


Guide and Referees
a) Daw Nan Cherry Than (Vice President and Chairperson of Women Committee)
b) Daw Khin Cho Oo (Chairperson of Magway Regional Steering Committee)
c) Daw Pyae Sanda (Chief Coordinator for Fishery Sector)

Daily Student Coordinators
a) Ms Htu Shan (Kachin State) Day 1
b) Mr Yan Lidar (Shan State) Day 2
c) Mr Se Thu Aung (Magway) Day 3
d) Ms Khin Yone Tin (Kachin State) Day 4
e) Mr Kyaw Min Naing (Magway) Day 5
f) Mr Than Htay Nyunt (Oil & Gas) Day 6
g) Ms Than Dar Lin Wai (Mandalay) Day 7
h) Mr Nanda Kyi Thu (Rakhaing) Day 8
i) Ms Win Win Thoung (Shan State) Day 9
j) Mr Saw Min Aung (Karen state) Day 10


a) Lecture
– The Challenges of Globalization and Core Labour Standard
– Labour Market Reforms

b) Group Activities
– Using cycle of POBC (Preparation, Opening, Bargaining, Closing) method
– Debate on advantages and disadvantages of private and public sector
– Collective Leadership
– Teamwork activities in outdoor activities
– Committee meeting

c) Individual Activities
– 5 minute presentation for all 32 participants
– Submitting Regional Report and presentation by 32 participants
– Submitting Individual Action Plan and presentation
– Leadership Rotation System in participant’s committee

d) Field Visit
– 3 groups visited to 3 different livelihoods and natures
– Practically learned about the lives of Myanmar’s rural people and the issue of poverty


a) Improvement of participants
– Really enthusiastic participation in every session
– Showed knowledge increasing in every session

b) Lesson
– Changed attitudes from negative to positive

c) Skill
– Young participants improved very quickly, especially in presentation skills. Before participating in the training, they were hardly able to address others in speech on stage or in-front of many people. By the end of training, young participants could confidently address chairpersons, as a moderator and facilitator.

d) Behaviour
– Participants have now started to prepare before activities. They also understand how to apply the information and analysis from such tools as the SWOT analysis for strategic planning, TDIE for presentations, and POBC for negotiation.

e) Result
– Produced at least 60% of strong and effective leaders and easily manipulated any kind of challenge. They also loved the collective leadership and teamwork activity.


After the 10-day training period which was very tough for new leaders, all participants had learned from their various experiences and exposure to situations. All disclosures helped in boosting self-confidence. Practical exercises complemented the science and theory learned. This is clearly the concept of science and charity; what is learned without practice will be lost and will not be effective.

Yet, there are still some weaknesses and issues that should be improved in the future. All-in all, I conclude that the Advanced Leadership Course program has provided many benefits to participants even if there are minor flaws. The weaknesses can easily be rectified in the future.

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