IIEP builds sustainable capacity in educational policy and planning in Indonesia, Thailand, and Viet Nam

In collaboration with The University of Hong Kong, and sponsored by J.P. Morgan, UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) is launching a regional distance training programme on education sector planning.

In many parts of Asia – especially South-East Asia – educational development is facing new challenges as a result of globalization, rapid economic growth, and socio-cultural changes. To help the region keep pace with these changes, and to help achieve educational objectives and other Millennium Development Goals, IIEP-UNESCO will be holding a training programme in Indonesia, Thailand, and Viet Nam from June 2012 to May 2013 to strengthen local capabilities in educational planning and policy.

The 11-month distance training programme will provide the 83 participants with the skills necessary to prepare critical and effective educational policies and plans. They will also gain greater understanding of how to expand post-basic education and improve educational quality while maintaining its relevance for both the labour market and everyday life.  Participants will include senior and middle-ranking officials from Ministries of Education, universities, and other public institutions.

The programme will strengthen the national training capabilities in educational planning of renowned local institutions, universities, and other training institutions invited to participate. IIEP will ensure that participants can apply the training they receive to their own institutions and within their national context. By holding the training in the three countries at the same time, the programme will enhance South-Asia cooperation, offering the opportunity for knowledge- and experience-sharing among all participants.

The initiative is benefiting from a triple partnership. IIEP-UNESCO brings its worldwide expertise in educational planning and management; the Faculty of Education of the University of Hong Kong will provide regional knowledge; and J.P. Morgan, by its generous funding, allows the comprehensive training programme to be conducted simultaneously in the three Asian countries.

The programme is officially launched on Wednesday, 6 June, with an opening ceremony in each of the participating countries. Representatives from Ministries of Education, UNESCO, J.P. Morgan, and local institutions attend these events and welcome the participants.

Learn more about the programme on: http:///esp3asia.wordpress.com

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About IIEP

The UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) was created in 1963. It supports Governments in planning and managing their education systems so that they can achieve their national objectives as well as the internationally agreed development goals. IIEP develops sustainable educational capacity through training, research, technical assistance, networking, and information sharing.

About The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong is a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia. Its Faculty of Education is an integral part of a comprehensive, research-intensive, international, English-medium university in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. At the same time, the Faculty is a regionally and globally engaged educational hub and aspires to lead the study and practice of education, to influence public policy and improve community life through education, and to nurture graduates who are passionately committed to their professions.

About JPMorgan Chase Foundation

The JPMorgan Chase Foundation is an affiliate of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Its mission is to be a catalyst for meaningful, positive and sustainable change within our highest-need neighbourhoods and communities globally. The firm’s philanthropic investments are directed toward Community Development, Education, and Arts & Culture. In 2010, JPMorgan Chase and its Foundation gave more than $150 million through grants and sponsorships to thousands of not-for-profit organizations across 28 markets and more than 25 countries abroad. We also support the individual interests of our employees through the Matching Gift and volunteer programmes.

Press contact:
Maxime Bouquet
m.bouquet@iiep.unesco.org
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