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.
Fifth to be published: Ms. Kessara Amornvuthivorn, participant of the ESP Programme and Program area manager, Innovative education at the Kenan Institute Asia*, Thailand.
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?
K.A: When I applied for this programme, I expected to learn about good practices on educational planning and to learn the answers to the following questions: What aspects should be taken into consideration when conducting an educational planning? What are the procedures for a robust planning and analysing? How to ensure that the plan is rigorous and well justified? Besides learning about educational planning, I hoped to develop relationships with members of education communities. Studying in the same class with frequent interaction and exchange of ideas will increase our level of understanding of the roles and responsibilities each member has assumed in their organizations. This will lead to better understanding of our organizational roles in managing education. This better understanding and relationship will probably increase opportunities for future collaboration.
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?
K.A: I work in an NGO focusing on capacity building for schools and educational agencies in improving education. The knowledge and skills I’ve gained in educational planning has enabled me to develop a systematic plan taking into consideration both social and economic dimensions. Placing high importance on holistic and participatory approaches when conducting an educational sector diagnosis has helped me pay more attention to each subsector rather than the sector of interest alone. The reinforcement on engaging participation by different stakeholders has widened my perspectives on the importance of different players’ roles in the planning process.
I have learned a considerable number of educational indicators. In the past, my knowledge was limited to student outcomes and instructional quality. The programme has introduced me to diverse indicators related to measuring educational efficiency. I have learned about a number of indicators which I was not aware of when presenting the current situation analysis. All of these widen perspectives and have helped me develop a better plan and strategies when working with government agencies and private sectors to improve the quality of education.
Has this programme allowed you to enlarge your professional network? Has the cooperation with the other programme participants been helpful? If so, how?
K.A: The network that I have known from the programme is totally new contacts. I have known them by organizational names but have never been in contact with. During the group study, I have learned a great deal from these members. They have shared insights of the current education system which was new information to me. The relationship built from the programme will help me get them involved when I implement educational programmes in the future.
One person approached me and showed her interest to work with my institute. We had a conversation about the common principles we shared about the work and possibilities of how we could collaborate. She is interested in skill building for principals, which is a relevant area to my work. We plan to set up a meeting between management of our organizations within several weeks.
* The Kenan Institute Asia is a Thailand-based, non-profit development organization working to promote results-oriented, sustainable development in Asia with an emphasis on the Greater Mekong Subregion. K.I.Asia provides project management, consulting, training, and research services for corporate, government and multilateral clients. Focus areas include entrepreneurship, business and economic development, education, public health, and corporate social responsibility.