Mastering key educational concepts in Myanmar

26 June 2017

Education officers in Myanmar are honing their technical skills as the country gears up to implement its recently launched National Education Sector Plan 2016-2021 (NESP), a first under the National League for Democracy government.

Together with the Ministry of Education and UNESCO Myanmar, IIEP recently offered a five-day brush-up course to 35 education officers from both the central and state/regional level.

The course started on 5 June with a half-day introduction to key concepts and stages in educational planning. The remaining days covered definitions and material on key indicators on access, internal efficiency, equity, quality and education expenditure.

The training helped bring the education officers up to speed on the country’s progress in education reform, while also building the technical skills that will be key to the success of the NESP’s implementation.

A “training of trainers” workshop also took place from 31 May to 2 June for 14 assistant facilitators mainly from the Ministry of Education’s Department of Educational Research, Planning, and Training (DERPT) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE).  The assistant facilitators support the delivery of the training by coaching and advising the MoE course participants.

This workshop has helped both lay the foundation for the next training session this July and in adapting training materials to the Myanmar context. 

Next steps

IIEP with UNESCO Myanmar will offer the next training session – ‘Education sector planning: characteristics, main steps, key tools’ – in July in Nay Pyi Taw, reaching all 70 MoE participants.

Participants will learn about the different phases and actors in the education planning process, and receive an introduction to key planning tools such as the monitoring and evaluation framework, the logical framework approach, and the simulation model. Subsequent workshops will take place in September, October and November.

The overall training activities are part of UNESCO’s Capacity Development for Education (CapED) Programme, which is designed to assist countries that are the furthest away from achieving the targets of the education-related fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4).