Elizabeth Dicho, Primary Education Inspector, South Sudan.

Elizabeth Dicho – Training to help create a better education system for children in South Sudan

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Elizabeth Dicho says she’s proud to be considered a change-maker in South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation. [Watch Elizabeth speaking about IIEP]

As a primary education inspector for the Ministry of Education Science and Technology in South Sudan, Elizabeth has been given the chance to study in IIEP’s unique Advanced Training Programme (ATP), an intensive 9- month residential course in Paris, which provides those in the business of education planning with the A to Z on educational planning and management.

IIEP is the only institute in the world providing a winning combination of training in educational planning, cutting-edge research and in-country capacity building for educational bodies. All three components build on each other and are essential for making fundamental changes when building better education systems around the world.

IIEP believes that good educational planning offers the path to implementing education reform and system transformation. This in turn helps create equal opportunities for children and youth to receive a quality education.

With more than a million children out of school in South Sudan, Education officials are looking to improve policies to get more children into school.

“The specialized classes of the ATP give us the chance to work on education models to help improve policies, for example, on enrollment for children,” Elizabeth said. ”We are working on ways of increasing enrollment, especially for girls, and I am going to use what I’ve learned to try to improve this.”

While focusing on educational planning and analysis during  her previous studies, Elizabeth explains that what she has learned in the first four months in the ATP will help her to better analyse education policies, so that she and her colleagues can make fundamental changes to the system. She is currently working on simulation models and techniques, in particular with regard to enrollment figures and the resources needed in the classrooms to keep children in school.  

“We want to find out why girls are being left behind in education, to see what is working and what isn’t working, and see what we can do about this to change the situation,” she added.

“South Sudan is still a new country and our education policies are still being implemented, so this is a crucial time for me to be here at IIEP and to be learning about the best ways of implementing these plans”.

Elizabeth is one of 26 students taking part in the ATP 2013/4 and will graduate in July with a master’s-level certificate, upon completion of the full course.

When I was at school in Juba the conditions were not good and the systems were not ideal. But now that I’m working for the Ministry of Education I want to make sure that our country is providing the best possible education system for generations of children to come, and this training will help me to do that”.

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With more than 5,000 education planners from over 160 nationalities having taken part in training programmes over several decades, IIEP/UNESCO constantly updates its training programmes to meet the needs of a fast-changing world. The training courses on offer are unique, grounded in practice and built on rigorous research and significant operational experience. The Institute offers a wide array of courses, both in residential mode and at a distance, ranging from two-week professional development courses to the comprehensive 9-month intensive, residential Advanced Training Programme (ATP).