About half of the training programme has been completed by participants in Indonesia, Thailand, and Viet Nam. IIEP is taking this opportunity to pose questions to some participants and coordinators.
Fourth to be published: Ms. Ngo Thi Kim Phung, participant of the ESP Programme and statistician and analyst in the Department of Education and Training, An Giang Province, Viet Nam
You have been taking part in the ESP Programme for the past six months. Could you briefly tell us what your expectations were when enrolling in this programme?
N.T.K.P: As a specialist in a Department of education and training, my daily job is collecting data from sub-sectors, analysing the data and giving advice to my leaders to build an educational plan for the province (adapted to the country’s plan). When enrolling in this programme, I hoped that I could improve my knowledge about education planning, to have a logical thinking about education planning. I would be able to explain why I must do this or not do that when making an educational planning. I could understand more clearly the main stages of educational planning. I would envisage the main actors, the tools involved in the preparation and monitoring of educational plans. From what I could learn, I would compare with my experiences and that would improve my professional competence day by day.
For the past six months, I have learned many interesting things about educational planning such as the theories, approaches, statistics, ESD… What I have learnt from Module 1 to Module 3 of the programme makes me excited about the next steps of the programme because educational planning is a closely systematic job that I have just known half way.
You are completing the ESP distance programme while continuing to work at your job. Has the programme helped you in your day-to-day work? If so, how?
N.T.K.P: As mentioned above, the ESP programme has helped me a lot in my work. I can compare my tasks with what I have learnt, and, with my new knowledge, I can immediately adjust my work. For example, the concept of “wastage rate”, which Vietnamese educational planners have never mentioned, will be really useful for us in the future. Moreover, the concept of angles of analysis is also interesting for my day-to-day work.
Up to now, from the programme, I can realize that educational planning is the job with a basic foundation: the main steps of ESP are clearly defined, the data are logically calculated, the problems and challenges are systematically diagnosed. I can add many good things to my job. Especially, with my statistical tasks, I have adjusted by calculating many useful indicators such as student-year, wastage rate, survival rate, coefficient of efficiency, etc. Besides, I analyse the situations and the challenges in relation to finance, human resources ant all of this is really attractive to my supervisors.
Has this programme allowed you to enlarge your professional network? Has the cooperation with the other programme participants been helpful? If so, how?
N.T.K.P: If I can, firstly, perform better in my current job, I can, secondly, give good advice to my supervisors in preparing an educational plan. Potentially, I may prepare a draft plan which may make progress for the province and for the country. The cooperation with the other programme participants has been very helpful. The participants come from various organizations: Department of Education and Training, NGOs, Institutes, etc. Each member has her/ his experience about educational planning. We share experiences each other and discuss about the content of the programme. During the group activity, each participant prepares her/his own response, and then we compare with each other. We discuss and find out the correct answer. In this way, we have a comprehensive report about our country’s educational policy and planning, and it helps us also understood profoundly the courses.