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.
Sixth to be published: Lisa Nindito, participant of the ESP Programme and Accounting Lecturer and Head of Division of business and management at the State University of Jakarta, Indonesia.
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?
L.N: As a lecturer in a university with a strong pedagogical background, my intention when enrolling in this programme was to help me enrich my knowledge in educational planning and furthermore enable me to share it with my students in the class. It is also because of my interest in learning more about educational planning that I think is a very important tool to be applied in solving educational problems in the case of Indonesia, a developing country with a large population and multicultural backgrounds. I also thought that the educational planning would be an interesting new knowledge to learn, considering my accountancy science background.
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?
L.N: After studying three modules, I am now more confident in sharing my educational knowledge with my colleagues as well as my students. I was just appointed as the head of study programme in my department and now I am working on developing new curriculum with competency-based referring to national qualification frameworks. This curriculum should be applied by educational institutions in Indonesia and through collaboration with Ministry of National Education and Culture with the Ministry of Labor of the Republic of Indonesia.
I learned several theories about educational planning, concepts about quality and its dimensions, as well as about internal and external efficiency of education, and more, and these have helped me understand and develop an analysis of needs and programmes needed in our new curriculum that will best suit the needs of the industry.
Has this programme allowed you to enlarge your professional network? Has the cooperation with the other programme participants been helpful? If so, how?
L.N: Yes, I am very fortunate to work in a group of people who are very friendly and enthusiastic in learning and sharing knowledge together. Our group coordinator, Mr Hafid, has been very helpful in giving us explanations and guidance in our group discussion sessions. He always encourages us to learn more, to participate more, and to do work that will be useful for us as an individuals and as a responsible citizens. So far, this programme has helped me meet new great teammates in UNJ group (State University of Jakarta), new friends from the Ministry of Education and Culture group, as well as some very helpful personals from the UNESCO Office of Indonesia and IIEP in Paris. I am thankful for the opportunity given to me.