Development and implementation of Effective School Management Training for Trainers Programme for School Principals to support roll-out of Child Friendly School Initiative
UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND
TERMS OF REFERENCE: for development and implementation of Effective School Management Training for Trainers Programme for School Principals to support roll-out of Child Friendly School Initiative.
Background and Context:
The Central and Eastern European states and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) have a history of universal education, gender equity and relatively high academic achievement. However, the break -up of the Soviet Union and the Former Yugoslavia in the late eighties and early nineties resulted in the birth of 22 independent states across the region. This transition to independence was characterized by political instability, war, ethnic hatred, economic collapse, and the destruction of social services. Education systems collapsed or suffered greatly during this time.
The Child-friendly Schools (CFS) concept was developed by UNICEF and its partners following the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989. The CFS concept is a holistic and systemic approach to improving educational quality that places the child and the child's right to an education of high quality in the center of education reform. Because of country-specific conditions and contexts, CFS has developed differently among countries around the world. However, the CFS approach usually includes the following dimensions: inclusiveness (which usually includes multiculturalism); democratic participation; health, protection and safety; effectiveness; and gender responsiveness.
The CFS program in Azerbaijan follows an evolution in thought, priorities and action responding to the needs and rights of children, during the period 2000-2010. A major outcome was the policy on Active Learning which influenced a new national curriculum, new textbooks and learning materials as well as the development of a new pre-service teacher training curriculum. During the 2000 - 2004 UNICEF initiated a new approach to including parents and community representatives in school decision making. The new Parent Teacher Association (PTA) proved to be an important and successful initiative which complimented ALSL and provided a key strategy for increasing participation of parents and young people as in some cases it became PTSA (Parent/Teacher/Student Association).
In 2008-2009 The formulation and development of quality standards for general schools started under “Child friendly school” by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. In 2009, a taskforce comprised of MOE and independent experts finalized quality standards for general schools.
Quality standards reflect the quality indicators of the general schools and are used to assess the extent of compliance of school operation with these standards. The quality standards are the tool for assessment of the quality indicators of all type of general education schools (primary, basic, secondary), new type of schools (lyceum, gymnasium) and boarding type of schools. Development and implementation of the quality standards particularly aimed at following purposes:
Quality standards for general schools are recognized as a normative document. At the end of every academic year, an assessment is carried out in education institutions and local education offices to identify whether these standards are followed or not. Herein, relevant “indicators” are established. Indicator-based assessment has some advantages and these include; firstly, specific activities to be carried out by the institution directories are defined, then it is found whether the activity is implemented on the basis of identified outcomes, as well as the quality of the implementation of the activity is recorded and assessed.
The quality standards for general schools are classified under 5 main categories, including adequate and measurable quality standards:
Objective of the activity
To support the Ministry of Education in the introduction of Child-friendly School Quality Standards with particular focus on improvement of school management component via capacity development training programme for School Principals in the selected schools.
Purpose of the assignment
Under the supervision of the UNICEF Azerbaijan Office and in consultation with Ministry of Education to develop Effective School Management Training for Trainers Programme for School Principals, conduct Training for Trainers Programme for 50 Trainers and for 100 school principals in the selected comprehensive schools
Major tasks to be accomplished:
• Based on the UNICEF’s CFS Manual to develop Effective School Management 60-hour Training for Trainers Programme including Inclusive Education, Supportive Supervision;
Outcomes and deliverables:
• 15 June 2010 - Draft Effective School Management Programme submitted to UNICEF and MOE
10 June - 20 November 2010
Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
The consultant should have:
Estimated cost :
Consultancy fee is to be proposed by a potential individual or organization and agreed with UNICEF in line with UN rules and regulations.
Kenan Mammadli, Development Officer
All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. UNICEF is an equal opportunity employer.
UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
Deadline: 04 June 2010, 15:00hrs GMT+4
For further information please contact: Kenan Mammadli, email@example.com