Transferring skills to Jordanian trainers
IIEP welcomed in September five officials from Jordan, in collaboration with the National Centre for Human Resources Development (NCHRD), to its Paris Headquarters on the occasion of a two-week training session. This training programme provided the opportunity for the participants to update their competencies on education sector management and planning. Partnering with the UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut, which was in charge of the project, IIEP has:
- Provided participants with practical training tools and materials, part of a training package which was translated from English to Arabic;
- Prepared them to acquire and structure their knowledge, skills and understanding in management and planning of education in order to be able to use the material in the most efficient way;
- Trained them in the methods and techniques used in terms of transfer of knowledge, skills and expertise;
- Developed the exchanges between participants as a form of knowledge transfer among colleagues from various fields of specialization.
Regional spreading of educational planning knowledge: a long-term objective
This tailor-made training session is part of the broader UNESCO Cap-EFA project in the Middle Eastern region. According to Saïd Belkachla, Senior Programme Specialist at UNESCO-Beirut, ‘an analysis has confirmed capacity development in the planning and management of education systems, as well as in the development of solid information systems to support planning and monitoring, as priority areas in which UNESCO could provide support’. UNESCO-Beirut is thus promoting Cap-EFA’s implementation through the development of a Regional Network of Training Centres catering for ministry officials concerned with the issue, including the NCHRD in Jordan.
By completing their traineeship, the delegation from the NCHRD and the Ministry of Education is now constituing a pool of trainers and are able to transfer their new knowledge to counterparts in Jordan. ‘The mid-term objective is to strengthen the capacity of institutions to train educational planners at the sub-regional levels and, in the longer term, overcome the apparent regional deficit in training capacity’ says Belkachla. ‘Close cooperation will be sought with IIEP for that purpose’.