SGRA Project in Vietnam (January)

Group photo of participants in the traffic rules education seminar and English conversation training

JILAF visited Hanoi in Vietnam from January 7 (Tuesday) to 10 (Friday) for the SGRA project (Supporting Grass-Roots Activities through the International Employers’ and Workers’ Network), which JILAF is implementing with grants from the Japanese government (Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare). During this period, the third meeting of the Dissemination Promotion Committee and second Training of Trainers seminar were held, as well as a traffic rules education seminar and English conversation training for informal-sector workers in Hanoi.

At the 3rd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting held on January 8, the participants looked back on the fiscal 2019 pilot project and discussed future project policy. The main achievements reported in this meeting included (1) the new organization of 35 informal-sector workers (tourist cyclo [three-wheeled bicycle taxi] drivers) in Hanoi through a Life Support Seminar to provide information on livelihood and household account improvement and (2) establishment of the Dissemination Working Committee in the central district of Da Nang, consisting of local government, labour, and management representatives, and the participation of the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism. In addition, as future policy, the participants confirmed the continued development of the project in Hanoi and the furtherance of activities in the central district of Da Nang.

On the following day, January 9, the second Training of Trainers seminar was held with the participation of members of the Hanoi Dissemination Working Committee and the Da Nang Dissemination Working Committee (consisting of representatives of government, labour, and management in each region). As well as a reflection on the fiscal 2019 pilot project and a discussion of future policy, JILAF introduced examples of how the SGRA project is being conducted in other countries and shared information on their experiences (networking know-how, etc.), thereby deepening understanding of the project among the Dissemination Working Committee members.

On January 10 a traffic rules education seminar and English conversation training were held, led mainly by the Hanoi Dissemination Working Committee (consisting of representatives of the local government, labour, and management in Hanoi, as well as the city’s Department of Transportation and Department of Tourism). The event was attended by 16 cyclo drivers who work at Hoan Kiem Lake, a major tourist attraction in Hanoi. In the seminar, there were lectures on such topics as (1) traffic rules, (2) basic communication with foreign tourists, and (3) social security.

Schedule

DateContents
01/07TueBeijing seminar
01/08WedSuzhou seminar
01/09ThuVisit to the Kunshan Factory of NSK (Nippon Seiko) for discussions

Photos of the Participants

Participants in the 3rd Dissemination Promotion Committee meeting

Lecture at the Training of Trainers seminar

Scene of the traffic rules education seminar and English conversation training