Education

MAP organizes labor rights exchange activities for migrants that reached more than 3,000 people in 2016 alone. Topics include worker registration policy, protection against human trafficking, occupational health and safety, social security and health insurance benefits, and the process of changing employers. Other trainings specifically target domestic workers.

MAP’s occupational safety and health in factories project in Mae Sot sees MAP in a capacity building role for three local organizations: the Yaung Chi Oo Workers’ Association (YCOWA), the Foundation for Education and Development (FED), and the Arakan Labour Campaign (ALC). As part of capacity building, MAP teaches migrants in-depth about labour rights. Migrants who have been trained can then act as peer educators in the community and provide information to others who MAP may be unable to reach directly. This project also facilitates the opening of new POSH (Promoting Occupational Safety and Health) centers in the community, which are used to teach migrant workers about personal protection equipment.

MAP Radio’s labour rights programming reaches thousands of migrant workers in Chiang Mai and Mae Sot, where workers primarily listen from factories. Over 1,200 migrants called in during labour rights shows and 116 letters were sent to MAP Radio in Mae Sot (where many people do not have phone access) in 2016.

In the cross-border project, “Bridge to Safe Migration,” in Kengtung, Myanmar, we conducted a series of three successful trainings with ten partner NGOs, few of whom had focused on safe migration previously. With its partners, MAP also established an information center in Tachileik, just across the Myanmar border. The center will continue to operate moving forward.

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