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The third edition of the IIEP distance training programme is about to begin

Coordinators of the Training programme with IIEP staff in Paris

The six coordinators of the ESP training programme from Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam, in Paris for a five-day International workshop, with IIEP Director and staff involved in the ESP Programme.

By early June 2012, Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam will take part in the third edition of the IIEP distance training programme on Education Sector Planning (ESP), implemented in collaboration with the Faculty of Education of University of Hong Kong and sponsored by J.P. Morgan.

During 11 months, some 80 senior and middle officials from Ministries of Education and other local institutions working in the field of educational planning will be trained in major techniques for education sector plan preparation and review. The achievement of educational and other Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) requires strong planning and policy analysis skills. Using innovative and collaborative training methods, the ESP programme is designed to intensively train a pool of educational planners and managers to help countries to effectively achieve these goals.

By completing the programme, participants will be able to contribute effectively to the elaboration of sound education sector plans for the development of their national education systems. At the same time, by closely involving local training institutions in the participating countries, the ESP programme aims to enhance practice-oriented national training capacities in key areas of educational policy analysis, planning and monitoring.

Pre-launch phase of the programme

IIEP will rely on partnerships with six renowned national training institutions (two per country) to deliver this blended training programme. Indeed, while the programme will be conducted mainly at a distance, participants will also meet face-to-face for teaching and learning once a week.

Although the participants have not begun yet their training and some are still in the registration process, IIEP and the national institutions have been busy with preparations. Indeed, last week (21–25 May) the six Programme National Team Coordinators travelled to Paris to take part in an International Training Workshop. During this workshop, they became familiar with the content of the different courses, teaching methodology and other pedagogical and organizational aspects of the programme.

IIEP was very pleased to welcome to this International Workshop, Dr Gogot Suharwoto, Head of Division for Program Planning and Budget at the Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia; Dr Hafid Abbas, Professor of Human Rights and Education at State University of Jakarta (Indonesia); Dr Chaiyuth Punyasavatsut, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the  Thammasat University (Thailand); Prof. Pruet Siribanpitak, Head of the Educational Administration Division of the Faculty of Education at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand); Assoc. Prof. Dr. Le Phuoc Minh, Vice Rector, Academics and International Cooperation at the National Institute of Education Management (NIEM) (Viet Nam); and Mr Tran Phuoc Linh, Specialist, Division of Science, Technology, and International Relations at the Institute of Educational Managers Ho Chi Minh City (IEMH) (Viet Nam).

The programme will be launched officially on 6 June 2012, simultaneously in the three participating countries. High-level representatives from the Ministries of Education, UNESCO Offices, J.P. Morgan and other institutions will attend the opening ceremonies and welcome the programme participants.

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