• The Satyone Superstar mobile app aims to empower garment workers with more knowledge of workplace safety and labour laws.
  • Players complete four levels, eight challenges and up to 40 quiz questions, with challenge such as unblocking the fire extinguisher, stocking the first aid kit and organising the chemical cabinet.
Workers can learn about workplace safety and labour laws with the new mobile app

Workers can learn about workplace safety and labour laws with the new mobile app

A smartphone game has been developed to teach garment factory workers in Myanmar about workplace safety and labour laws.

Designed by SMART Myanmar – an EU-funded initiative aimed at promoting 'Made in Myanmar' garments and sustainable practices – and local technology firm NexLabs, the Satyone Superstar game aims to empower workers with more knowledge.

"When we started SMART Myanmar in 2013, fewer than 1% of garment workers had access to a mobile phone," says Jacob Clere, SMART Myanmar team leader. "Now, in 2018 more than 90% of garment workers own smartphones. This shift presents a tremendous opportunity to reach and empower more workers with knowledge on their legal rights.

"What's fantastic is that we are finding factory owners want their workers to have our mobile apps because they prefer a workforce knowledgeable on safety as well as the legal framework, because this creates more consistency, stability and mutual understanding."

Launched earlier this month, the app has already clocked over 1,000 downloads in the Google Play Store during its initial testing period.

Users playing the game learn by completing four levels, eight challenges and up to 40 quiz questions on labour laws and factory safety. Challenges include things like unblocking the fire extinguisher, stocking the first aid kit and organising the chemical cabinet.

SMART Myanmar is the largest not-for-profit technical training initiative in Myanmar's industrial sector. The project has trained thousands of managers, staff and workers from over 250 garment, textile and footwear factories on various social and environmental topics. It also conducts factory consultancies and capacity building programmes to improve occupational health and safety, workplace management systems, and environmental sustainability practices in the garment, textile and footwear sectors in Myanmar.

Myanmar's new minimum wage came into effect earlier this week at the daily rate of MMK4,800 (US$3.53). SMART Myanmar has questioned how much of the wage increase will be absorbed by international buyers.