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October 17, 2018

Participants of SSEAYP scheduled to enjoy homestay in Myanmar

Guests from Cruise Nippon Maru under Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme bieng welcomed by band troupe at Bo Aung Kyaw Port in Yangon. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
Guests from Cruise Nippon Maru under Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme bieng welcomed by band troupe at Bo Aung Kyaw Port in Yangon.

The Nippon Maru, one of Japan’s cruise ships, carrying more than 300 students from Japan and ASEAN countries who have been participating in the 41st Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP), made its third port of call to Myanmar on Friday here, with an official saying that the ship is leaving Yangon for Indonesia after three days’ stay here.
“The programme is aimed to promote friendship, share knowledge and exchange of culture between youths from ASEAN countries and Japan,” said a member of the programme.
It is believed that the 51-day trip may help them to broaden their perspectives as well as to strengthen their motivation by participating in discussions, solidarity group activities and various exchange activities both on board and in the countries visited, the official added.
During the visit to Myanmar, those participating students (PYs) are visiting six universities in Yangonon Saturday and other significant places including the Shwedagon Pagoda and Bogyoke Market on Sunday.
More than 100 Myanmar families will have an opportunity to take part in the homestay programme, which is a popular form of studying abroad in other countries. A host family can allow three students to stay at its home where the participating youths-PYs will observe the tradition and culture of people in Myanmar.
At the press conference aboard the ship, May Oo Khin, a youth leader of Myanmar team, elaborated on their knowledge about the education systems of countries including Brunei, where the government of Brunei is implementing its peer education programme.
She highlighted that Japan’s education system allows students to attend any university course they choose on a trial basis before they are admitted to university where they can study their interested majors, urging Myanmar students to study their interested majors that play a vital role in developing the country.
This year’s SSEAYP ports of calls are in Japan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia. One of the officials of the programme said that the programme will conclude on 17 December.
The government of Japan has carried out the programme since 1974 and Myanmar has joined it since 1998.

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