Turkmen policy makers and managers examine modern approaches to educational planning in France and the UK
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan - 17 June, 2008
A delegation from Turkmenistan has visited the UK and France to examine modern approaches to strategic planning and management of the educational sector at the University of London, Institute of Education, and the UNESCO International Institute of Educational Planning in Paris. The visit was jointly organized by the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan, UNICEF, UNESCO, the UK Embassy and the British Council in Ashgabat.
The Turkmen delegation - comprising of representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Economy and Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the Mejlis, Institute of Strategic Planning and Economic Development, higher education institutions, school for gifted children, and the UNESCO National Commission - was exposed to modern methods and issues related to the planning and management of the educational sector. The delegates also explored new avenues of collaboration with the Institute of Education of the University of London and the International Institute of Educational Planning.
The study visit aimed at enhancing the capacity of the education policy makers and other relevant agencies’ staff to formulate, design, implement and evaluate reforms in the education sector, learning from international experiences and best practices in education sector management, and equipping them with necessary skills to contribute more effectively to ongoing education sector reforms.
“The study tour on education planning and management with such a wide representation of concerned ministries has taken place for the first time. The visit was particularly timely in light of the ongoing reforms in education sector in Turkmenistan. UNICEF and UNESCO are committed to supporting the Government education reform efforts and this visit is one of the many activities we support to attain the national “Education for All” goals set by Turkmenistan in Education Conference in Dakar in 2000”, said Dr. Waheed Hassan, UNICEF Representative in Turkmenistan.
Achievement of the national EFA goals requires strengthening and modernizing the management of the education system, particularly at provincial levels, since the five provinces have a responsibility to organize and deliver the education services pertaining to the four EFA sub-sectors, which include early childhood care and education, primary education, lower secondary education and non-formal education for out of school youth and young adults.
The seminars in London and Paris covered issues related to the role of a central level planning office in a decentralized context, including planning, managing, monitoring and supporting the education sector as well as quality assurance and projections simulation models, including cost-analysis and budgeting. The delegates also familiarized themselves with medium-term planning in the development of education sector, which is essential in implementation of education reforms in Turkmenistan.
Following the study tour, the Ministry of Education, UNICEF and UNESCO will conduct training for planners in modern educational planning, including quality assurance, projections simulation models, cost-analysis and budgeting in order to enable them to support and guide the education administration in all provinces in their efforts to build modern educational planning capacity.
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