The IIEP Education Sector Planning distance training programme in Asia was officially launched on 6 June 2012, simultaneously in the three participating countries (Indonesia, Thailand, and Viet Nam). In collaboration with the University of Hong Kong and sponsored by J.P. Morgan, the programme will provide participants with the necessary skills to prepare critical and effective educational policies and plans to improve equity, inclusion, and the overall quality of education in the region.
Overall, more than 180 people attended the four ceremonies organized in Bangkok, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City, and Jakarta. In addition to the 80 participants of this 11-month distance training programme, high-level representatives from UNESCO, Ministries of Education, local training Institutions, and J.P. Morgan attended the ceremonies and delivered opening addresses. Representatives of local media were also invited to cover the events. IIEP was represented at each event by its Director, who welcomed the participants via a pre-recorded video message.
The ceremonies were a great opportunity to highlight the role and the importance of educational planning to meet the new expectations of the populations, to continue the remarkable progress made by Indonesia, Thailand, and Viet Nam in terms of access to basic education, and to face the new challenges in terms of human resources development generated by globalization, rapid economic growth, and socio-cultural change in the region. In his video message to introduce the training, Khalil Mahshi, Director of IIEP, underlined the fact that “without educational management and planning, we will not meet the challenges ahead and the expectations towards educational decision-makers”.
This vision was shared by other UNESCO representatives during the ceremonies. “The current situation requires very careful educational planning, and we need to think about what kind of future we want to have. Educational planning is aiming to close the gap between now and the future,” said Mr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok, in his opening speech. A remark that found an echo in Indonesia, where Dr Anwar Al-Said (UNESCO education specialist) explained the importance of this training programme to bring in new ideas, to improve educational policy options and planning, and as a result, to improve the quality of education in the countries.
The Ministries of Education officials made clear in their presentations the importance of this programme for strengthening their capacities in a sustainable way and improving their educational systems. “I hope that this Distance Training Programme will be well implemented at the central level to be further expanded to the provincial and city levels”, said Dr Ir. H. Musliar Kasim, Vice Minister for Education, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. “It is really important to have good planning and policy development skills in order to be able to better strengthen the country’s education programmes”, he added.
In addition to these key messages delivered to the participants, J.P Morgan representatives in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, and Jakarta expressed the underlining importance of well-thought-out educational policies to strengthen educational programmes. “We have seen investments in human resources help lift countries out of poverty and steadily improve basic socio-economic indicators and social welfare. Strong, compelling evidence of this has occurred in recent decades in Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam,” said Ms Jean K. Sung, Executive Director & Manager, Global Philanthropy Asia-Pacific of J.P. Morgan, in her opening address in Bangkok.
Following the opening addresses,* further information about the modalities of the programme and the agenda was provided to programme participants, who were then invited for lunch with all the senior representatives.
*In Bangkok, a workshop on educational planning issues in Thailand followed the opening ceremonies. Conducted by Dr Khunying Kasama Varavarn Na Ayudhaya, former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, and Dr Yongyuth Chalamwong, Research Director at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), the discussions focused on inclusive school environments, student performance, employability, and lifelong learning.
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In Viet Nam
Opening addresses in Hanoi by :
The Thai launch took place at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and was attended by 50 participants.
In Thailand the Programme will be undertaken by 30 participants (see more on their profile).
Opening remarks were delivered by:
“In Education planning nowadays, the most notable change is change itself,” said Mr Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok, at the opening of the half-day panel discussion to mark the launch of the new training programme. Education sector management is facing new challenges such as jobless growth, student mobility, labour migration, advances in technology and climate change.
“This requires very careful educational planning, and we need to think about what kind of future we want to have. Educational planning is aiming to close the gap between now and the future,” said Mr Kim.
“Without educational management and planning, we will not meet the challenges ahead and the expectations towards educational decision makers,” Mr Mahshi said (through video message).
Ms Jean K. Sung, Executive Director & Manager, Global Philanthropy Asia-Pacific of J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation highlighted the importance of investing in human resource development.
“We have seen investments in human resources help lift countries out of poverty and steadily improve basic socio-economic indicators and social welfare. Strong, compelling evidence of this has occurred in recent decades in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam,” Ms Sung said.
The panel discussion focused on educational planning issues in Thailand. Panelists were Dr. Kunying Kasama Varavarn, former Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Education, and Dr. Yongyuth Chalamwong, Research Director at the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI).
The ceremony was organized at the Atlet Century Park Hotel in Jakarta, and was attended by 60 participants, including 14 media representatives.
In Indonesia the Programme will be undertaken by 26 participants (see more on their profile).
The ceremony began with a report by Ms. Yun Widiati, SH (Head of International Facilitation Division, Bureau for International Planning and Cooperation, MoEC) on the Distance Training Programme.
Opening remarks were delivered by:
Dr. Anwar Al-Said explained the importance of this programme to bring in new ideas to improve educational policy options and planning to improve the quality of education in Indonesia.
Mr. Kahlil Mahshi, (throug video message) reiterated the purpose of this programme to equip country representatives with the skills necessary to prepare effective and relevant educational policies and plans.
Mr. Haryanto T. Budiman informed that this CSR programme aims to seek solutions to educational issues relating to equity, quality and inclusion through improved educational planning.
Prof. Dr. Ir. H. Musliar Kasim underlined the importance of having good planning and policy development skills in order to be able to better strengthen the country’s education programmes. These country education programmes are notably in preparing for the 12 Year Compulsory Education Programme; improving accessibility and inclusion; strengthening teachers, facilities, infrastructure, and the National Examination system; and in providing education that is psychologically and sociologically adaptive. Prof. Kasim hopes that this Distance Training Programme can be well implemented at the central level, and be further expanded to the provincial and city levels.
Prof. Kasim then officially opened the Distance Training Programme.
In collaboration with The University of Hong Kong, and sponsored by J.P. Morgan, UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) is launching a regional distance training programme on education sector planning.
Paris (6 June 2012) – In many parts of Asia – especially South-East Asia – educational development is facing new challenges as a result of globalization, rapid economic growth, and socio-cultural changes. To help the region keep pace with these changes, and to help achieve educational objectives and other Millennium Development Goals, IIEP-UNESCO will be holding a training programme in Indonesia, Thailand, and Viet Nam from June 2012 to May 2013 to strengthen local capabilities in educational planning and policy.
The 11-month distance training programme will provide the 83 participants with the skills necessary to prepare critical and effective educational policies and plans. They will also gain greater understanding of how to expand post-basic education and improve educational quality while maintaining its relevance for both the labour market and everyday life. Participants will include senior and middle-ranking officials from Ministries of Education, universities, and other public institutions.
The programme will strengthen the national training capabilities in educational planning of renowned local institutions, universities, and other training institutions invited to participate. IIEP will ensure that participants can apply the training they receive to their own institutions and within their national context. By holding the training in the three countries at the same time, the programme will enhance South-Asia cooperation, offering the opportunity for knowledge- and experience-sharing among all participants.
The initiative is benefiting from a triple partnership. IIEP-UNESCO brings its worldwide expertise in educational planning and management; the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong will provide regional knowledge; and J.P. Morgan, by its generous funding, allows the comprehensive training programme to be conducted simultaneously in the three Asian countries.
The programme is officially launched on Wednesday, 6 June, with an opening ceremony in each of the participating countries. Representatives from Ministries of Education, UNESCO, J.P. Morgan, and local institutions attend these events and welcome the participants.
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