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Press Release : “Logo Design Competition celebrating 60 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Israel & Myanmar"
This year, the State of Israel and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar are celebrating 60 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations and friendship between the two countries. On this occasion, the Israeli Embassy in Yangon is organizing a “Logo Design Competition” for young designers from Myanmar.
In this competition, Myanmar young designers are invited to design a logo which explicitly reveals the special friendship between the two countries and the people. All the submitted logos will be reviewed by a special committee, and the best logo will be chosen. The winning designer will be announced in a special ceremony and his/her logo will be used on official communication of the Israeli Embassy in Yangon throughout the year of celebrations. Moreover, awards will also be given to the second and third runners of the competition.
The competition will kick-off on July 1st 2013, when its details will be announced to Myanmar design students directly and also posted on the embassy’s website. The deadline for design submission will be August 15st 2013. Designs must be sent by email in pdf format to the Israeli embassy. (Kindly see the full Competition details at the Embassy’s Website as of July 1st, http://embassies.gov.il/yangon/Pages/default.aspx)
The Embassy encourages all young designers from Myanmar to take part in the competition which presents a great opportunity to learn about the two countries’ long, lasting and special relations and friendship.
Embassy of Israel, Yangon
6 June 2013
Press Release:“Workshop on Music Therapy in Myanmar”
The opening ceremony of “Workshop on Music Therapy”, which took place at “Khaweichan Blind School on 28th of May, 2012 (Monday)”, was attended by H.E Mr. Yaron Mayer, ambassador of Israel to Myanmar, together with Daw Lilian Gyi, director of Eden Centre for Disabled Children and Mr. Didier Francisco, country director & Ms. Valentina Di Grazia from Triangle Generation Humanitaire (TGH).
Ms. Tsvia Horesh, an Israeli Music Therapist; was approached by the Eden Center for Disabled Children in Yangon, Myanmar and was asked to develop a course that would equip local teachers and para-medical therapists with some insight into the therapeutic role of music-making for children with disabilities. Teachers from 9 special education schools from Yangon will participate from 28/05/ 2012 to 08/06/2012 course, aimed at leaving them with some skills, techniques and activities they will be able to develop themselves. A follow up meeting with the participants is already being planned for October 2012.
Music therapy is a broad, flexible discipline in which music is used as a creative and non-verbal medium through which the difficulties of our clients can be addressed. It is found in hospitals, special schools, old people’s homes; hospices and even prisons. Those who may receive music therapy include children or adults with learning difficulties, physical disabilities, emotional or behavioral problems. They may be the elderly, people with terminal illness, or those suffering from a variety of mental health problems. Music therapy is also used in the treatment of trauma survivors. This is the first time of Music Therapy training conducted in Myanmar.
Journalists; who are interested to make interview with the Music Therapist; kindly contact to the Embassy of Israel.
Embassy of Israel, Yangon
29th May 2012
Joint Press Release: The International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
Recognizing the need to raise awareness and to promote education about the Holocaust, the Ministry of Education of the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar in partnership with Embassy of Israel and Germany and the United Nations in Myanmar, will host “the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Yangon University on Friday, 27th January, 2012. The program is being supported by the Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem), the French Institute, the British Council and the American Center.
The event will be opened by Deputy Minister for Education, H.E U Ba Shwe and will include lectures by renowned historian Prof. Dan Michman, Head of the International Institute for Holocaust Research, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, and Chair of the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocuast Research at Bar-Ilan University who will speak on “Why is the Holocaust considered to be such a Significant Historical Event” and Prof. U Tun Aung Chain, Member of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission will speak on “Holocaust from the Myanmar Point of View.” The event will also be complemented by a photo exhibition titled “To Bear Witness” from the Yad Vashem Archives and a poster exhibition titled “The Holocaust: Keeping the Memory Alive” from the International Poster Competition 2012. The United Nations Information Centre will screen a short animated film, “Last Flight of Petr Ginz”. The commemoration ceremony will conclude with lighting of candles, the reading of the Yizcor and the reading of the message from the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon by the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Ashok Nigam.
Later in the day, a seminar on “Holocaust Education” will be held at the same venue by professors and students from History Department and International Relations Department, Yangon University together with Prof. Michman.
24 January 2012
MASHAV On-the-Spot Course: “Biotechnology in Agriculture”
Within the framework of the bilateral cooperation program between Myanmar and Israel, a short term on the spot course on “Biotechnology in Agriculture” was held from 23rd November 2011 to 30th November 2011 at Mandalay Technological University in Mandalay. The program is collaborated between the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and MASHAV - Center for International Cooperation Ministry of Foreign Affairs of State of Israel, in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel, Yangon.
The Opening Ceremony for the course was taken place on 23rd November 2011 at Mandalay Technological University. H.E. Deputy Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Ko Ko Oo and Ambassador of Israel H.E. Mr. Yaron Mayer delivered opening remarks and high officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology and Mandalay Technological University as well as the two MASHAV Experts (Dr. Ilan Levin and Dr. Moshe Lapidot: Both are from Volcani Centre, Agricultural Research Organization, Institute of Plant Sciences in Israel) who conduct the on-the-spot course attended the Ceremony.
The main objective of the course is to promote the application of new Biotechnological Techniques in Modern Agriculture Production and the topics on the course includes Crop Improvement, Plant Protection, Biofertilization ,Cell and Tissue Culture and Recycling of Agriculture Wastes. Altogether 30 participants (Professors and Lecturers from Mandalay Technological University) attended the course. The two Experts will also be participating in “The Third International Conference on Science and Engineering (ICSE 2011)” from 1st December to 2nd December 2011 held in Sedona Hotel, Yangon.
Embassy of Israel, Yangon
30 November 2011
Israel’s MASHAV and other Training Programs in Israel
Within the framework of the bilateral cooperation program between Myanmar and Israel; Israel offers an 11 month on job training which focuses on different aspects of agriculture and livestock, and includes extensive field work experience. 176 Myanmar trainees have returned from Israel last month after completing the program, and this month 142 new trainees have left for Israel in order to participate in the 2011 course. In recent years, more than one thousand five hundred Myanmar trainees from various ministries and NGOs have participated in this program.
During their stay in Israel, trainees participate in a special diploma program about Agriculture, which covers topics such as modern agriculture and irrigation, computerized systems in farms, pest control, marketing, post-harvesting, animal husbandry and agriculture development in arid zones. Trainees also visit various agriculture and livestock projects in Israel. This program is made possible through collaboration of the following institutions: AICAT- International Center for Agriculture Training, Granot – International Center for Agriculture Interns, Ramat Negev Desert Agro Research Center.
Another program which many Myanmar trainees have attended in the past is MASHAV. MASHAV courses focus primarily on areas in which Israel has a competitive advantage, such as: agriculture and rural development, water resources management, micro-enterprise development, community development, medicine and public health, empowerment of women, education and others. In 2010, 24 Myanmar trainees have participated in various MASHAV courses in Israel, and so far this year, 19 Myanmar trainees have attended MASHAV. These programs are carried out in cooperation with MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation), and the Embassy of Israel, Yangon.
MASHAV also offers annually on-the-spot courses in Myanmar. Mashav experts come to Myanmar to conduct courses and workshops, sharing Israel’s knowledge and experiences in collaboration with various Ministries and NGOs. This year, we plan on-the spot courses in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Science & Technology.
Embassy of Israel, Yangon
6th October 2011
MWEA President represented Myanmar to International Conference for women Leaders in Israel (May 29th – June 3rd 2011)
The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center's (MCTC) 50th Jubilee Biennial Women Leaders’ Conference took place in Haifa, Israel from May 29th to June 3rd, 2011. It was organized by MCTC and MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Fifty years ago, in 1961, the Foreign Minister of Israel, Golda Meir, initiated the establishment of the Mount Carmel Training Center (MCTC) in Haifa, later named after her. Then, as now, MCTC planned and implemented programs empowering women from the developing countries, training them for involvement in communal life and to contribute to socio-economic growth. During the past 50 years, some 17,000 participants from more than 150 countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East have attended training activities in Haifa.
Participants in the International Women Leaders' Conference, on Science, Technology and Innovation: Education and Training for Women and Girls include United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro and UNESCO Director General, Mrs. Irina Bokova, in addition to many ministers, members of parliament and academics from more than forty countries and international organizations. Daw War War Htun, the president of Myanmar Women Entrepreneurs’ Association (MWEA), represented Myanmar.
The Conference was opened by Minister of Science and Technology, Hon. Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz and Mayor of Haifa, Mr. Yona Yahav. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, under the auspices of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, the delegates attended a special ceremony launching an Israeli postal stamp celebrating 50 years of MCTC.
Embassy of Israel, Yangon
6th June 2011
Donation of Training Kits by JAIP to young volunteers”
Under the joint program of JAIP (Jerusalem AIDS Project) of Israel and MBCA (Myanmar Business Coalition on AIDS) of Myanmar, which was initiated in 2008, October and ended in December 2010, young Myanmar volunteers were given training to disseminate HIV information among their peers and communities. In a ceremony, marking the end of the program, training kits were handed over to the volunteers by H.E Ambassador Yaron Mayer in Yangon on behalf of JAIP on the 16th of December 2010. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Hanni Rosenberg and Dr. Lilach Malatskey, chairperson and representative of JAIP.
The training kits were developed in Israel, and had been distributed in many countries around the world, including Myanmar. The kits consist of information on HIV, posters and cartoons depicting ways to guard against the disease, and educational materials aimed at a young-adult audience.
Embassy of Israel, Yangon
4th February, 2011