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Press Release: UNESCO-IIEP equips teams in three Asian countries with new skills to manage the education systems of tomorrow

UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) has built sustainable capacities at individual and institutional levels in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam through a distance training programme on Education Sector Planning

Paris (30 September 2013) – The training programme organized by UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning celebrated its success today with a graduation ceremony. Launched in June 2012 – and implemented in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Education and sponsored by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation – the Education Sector Planning (ESP) was delivered in partnership with six renowned national training institutions in the three participating countries.

Over a period of 11 months, the 67 participants (60% women) who completed the programme learned the main techniques for education sector plan preparation and review. They acquired the necessary skills to prepare critical and effective educational policies to improve equity, inclusion, and quality of education in the region. “The programme”, said a participant from Indonesia, “is very useful, gives wider understanding and enables interacting with colleagues from other countries and discussing with international experts from IIEP. It was definitely a very good experience”.

The programme outcomes were very encouraging, with most participants already applying what they learned in their daily work. Indeed, employers confirmed that the training had a positive impact in the participants’ professional behaviour and skills. They also expressed the desire that that this kind of training be repeated in the future, saying it would highly benefit other employees within their organization.

The partnership with local training institutions also proved to be effective in strengthening the national capacities in educational planning. Both local team coordinators and heads of partner institutions agreed that the programme had a positive impact on their institutions and are willing to renew the experience. Most partner Institutions are planning to adapt and use the programme’s content to train additional local professionals working in the education sector, or are already implementing courses based on the ESP. “The ESP programme has been a very good reference for us to adapt our current courses which we are currently providing for administrators at school levels”, said Tran Phuoc Linh, Programme Coordinators for the Institute of Educational Managers in Ho Chi Minh City.

The successful initiative benefited from a triple public–private partnership: IIEP-UNESCO contributed with its worldwide expertise in educational planning and management; the University of Hong’s Kong Faculty of Education provided regional knowledge; and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, by its generous funding, allowed the project to become a reality.

To learn more about the programme: http://esp3asia.wordpress.com

About IIEP

The UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) was created in 1963. It supports Governments in planning and managing their education systems so that they can achieve their national objectives as well as the internationally agreed development goals. IIEP develops sustainable educational capacity through training, research, technical assistance, networking, and information sharing.

About The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong is a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia. Its Faculty of Education is an integral part of a comprehensive, research-intensive, international, English-medium university in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. At the same time, the Faculty is a regionally and globally engaged educational hub and aspires to lead the study and practice of education, to influence public policy and improve community life through education, and to nurture graduates who are passionately committed to their professions.

About the JPMorgan Chase Foundation

JPMorgan Chase strives to be a catalyst for meaningful, positive and sustainable change in high-need neighbourhoods and communities across the globe. The firm aims to create Pathways to Opportunity – a holistic approach to ensure that individuals have access to the knowledge, skills, resources, and capital they need to secure their futures and compete in the global economy. In 2012, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $190 million to thousands of non-profit organizations across 42 states, the District of Columbia, and 37 countries around the world. The firm also actively encourages employees to support individual philanthropic interests through employee gift matching and volunteer programs. Over the years, the firm’s unwavering commitment to supporting individuals, families, and organizations has generated positive change in communities around the world.

Press contact:
Maxime Bouquet (M.)
m.bouquet@iiep.unesco.org
+33 1 45 03 77 66

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