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When we think of education, what comes to mind? Bustling school grounds, stacks of textbooks, and teachers and students at their desks… But behind this common image are the planners and decision-makers who make important policy choices that affect millions of learners around the world. Meet some of them who have engaged with IIEP over the past 60 years.

Educational planners and managers


Shakir Habibyar

"During my studies at IIEP, I gained all the technical, managerial, and analytical skills and qualities required for an educational planner and manager, which undoubtedly supported me and helped the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan." 

Shakir Habibyar is an educational planner from Afghanistan and a former participant in the 2011 IIEP's Advanced Training Program.
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Rauf Abdulhaq

"We need education to build a peaceful world, tolerance, resilience, and to share awareness with future generations,” he says. “But this cannot be done without proper, efficient planning and policy-making, and by integrating resources across the world so that education is of quality, accessible and equitable.”

Rauf Abdulhaq, a former participant in the 2016 IIEP's Advanced Training Program from Afghanistan, is currently a Senior Policy Officer for the Queensland Department of Education in Australia.
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Rosana Cielo Linares

"Focusing on the education systems –especially with an eye on schools and classrooms– we need to build powerful pedagogical knowledge that encourages us to plan and move forward with fair proposals for quality education."

Rosana Cielo Linares is the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Province of Misiones, Argentina. 
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Lim Sothea

"Better learning outcomes for our students begins with better planning".

Lim Sothea is the Director General of Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports for the Kingdom of Cambodia.
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Sivutha Onn, Director of Planning at the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport for the Kingdom of Cambodia
Sivutha Onn

"We need to plan that what students learn is relevant and allows them opportunities in the 21st-century world."

Sivutha Onn is the Director of Planning at the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport for the Kingdom of Cambodia.
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Max Fernando Mirón Ventura, Strategic Planning Manager at the Ministry of Education of El Salvador
El Salvador
Max Mirón

"Establishing coherence between long-term objectives and actions across all levels of the education system is crucial. From central offices to educational centers at the national level, every department must be aligned. Modernizing management and planning tools and mechanism ensure this process."

Max Fernando Mirón Ventura is a Strategic Planning Manager at the Ministry of Education of El Salvador.
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Nicola Johnson, Chief Planning Officer at the Ministry of Education in Guyana
Nicola Johnson

"As an educational planner, I need to make sure that I have a “bird’s eye” view of the system to ensure that planned interventions are derived and developed from a system and evidence-based perspective, thereby ensuring the internal coherence of the sector’s plans and programmes."

Nicola Johnson is the Chief Planning Officer at the Ministry of Education in Guyana.
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Hyacinth Bramble-Browne, Vice Principal of the nation’s sole Secondary School
Hyacinth Bramble-Browne

"[...] an increase in [investment in] education will have spill-offs in health, and other social sectors resulting in a higher standard of living for all. If we do not choose to spend the required funds on providing a quality education system fit for purpose, then we will find that we will need to spend the money on other social sectors like health, social services, housing, prisons, and so on."

Hyacinth Bramble-Browne is the Vice Principal of Montserrat's sole Secondary School.
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Zipporah K. Panguru

"Education planning is a key factor in providing a strategic framework for achievement of educational goals".

Zipporah K. Panguru, former participant in the 2011 IIEP's Advanced Training Program, is Assistant Director at Universal Basic Education Commission in Nigeria.

Amadou Lamine Ndiaye

"Planning is a science that must be learned. I experienced a noticeable difference after receiving training at IIEP".

Amadou Lamine Ndiaye, former participant in the 2011 IIEP's Advanced Training Program, is Education Specialist for an International Development Agency in Senegal.

Sri Lanka

"Despite the constant changing of circumstances around us, planning is essential for staying focused on our goals".

R.B.N.Chinthani, former participant in the 2011 IIEP's Advanced Training Program, is a Senior Lecturer at Colombo National Institute of Education in Sri Lanka.

St. Kitts and Nevis
Dr Neva Pemberton

"I regularly apply IIEP guidance documents in my work in education planning and sector development in the Caribbean. Most recently, I have used the GPE/IIEP Guidelines of the Appraisal of Education Sector Plan. Planipolis is another valued resource I use regularly in my work".

Dr Neva Pemberton is a former participant in the 2014 IIEP's Advanced Training Program and a Former Chief of Education Planning. She is currently a Consultant Education Specialist with the Caribbean Development Bank in St. Kitts and Nevis.
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George Mukose, Principal Education Officer, in Uganda.
George Mukose

"The planning process is participatory, involving a wide range of actors at all levels while paying attention to their capacity development".

George Mukose is the Principal Education Officer at the Ministry of Education and Sports of Uganda. 
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Zimba Stephen Emmanuel

"Meaningful education cannot be offered without thoughtful planning, making it a crucial aspect of development."

Zimba Stephen Emmanuel, former participant in the 2011 IIEP's Advanced Training Program, is a Project Coordinator at the Ministry of Education in Zambia.

The IIEP Governing Board consists of 12 members from all regions of the world. Currently Chaired by José Weinstein, the IIEP Governing Board ensures that IIEP’s programmes correspond to the needs of UNESCO Member States within the framework of the general policy of UNESCO.

IIEP’s Directors, past and present, also provide leadership and strategic vision for the Institute. IIEP is honoured to share their reflections on the 60th anniversary.

IIEP Directors and Governing Board members

José Weinstein

"IIEP's strength has also been its institutional culture capable of timely hearing country needs and developing an authentic dialogue with national counterparts.

José Weinstein is Vice-President of Education Fundación Chile and the Chair of the IIEP Governing Board.
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Sara Ruto Ebs

"Perhaps one of the most important things that IIEP does is to give a sense of belief to these education technical experts who are then able to go and do what they are supposed to do. And I think that is a very important thing, investing in the person so that the person can improve the education system of their country.”

Sara Ruto is the former Chief Administrative Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Kenya, and former CEO of the People’s Action for Learning (PAL) Network. She is also a member of the IIEP Governing Board. 

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Jacques Hallak

"The content and methods of regulating the education sector are being called into question by the irruption of data into all sectors of social and educational life, and the governance of the education sector becoming more fragile".

Jacques Hallak is IIEP's former Director from 1988 to 1998. He is also an internationally recognized expert on educational planning. 
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Robert Jenkins

“This marks a significant milestone for IIEP-UNESCO, an institute that epitomizes agility and innovation, and is more crucial than ever before. With a remarkable six-decade history of enhancing countries' capacities to effectively plan and administer their education systems, IIEP stands prepared for the future. Its commitment to promoting equity, resilience, inclusion, and learning has solidified its reputation.

Countries rely on IIEP for expertise, training, foresight, and evidence on planning and management. This is vital as millions of children and adolescents strive to acquire foundational skills. As we face the challenges ahead, IIEP's unwavering dedication to advancing educational excellence will continue to shape the future of education, creating a brighter and more inclusive world for generations to come.”

Robert Jenkins is UNICEF's Director of Education and Adolescent Development and IIEP Governing Board Member.

Máximo Torero Cullen

"IIEP's thematic priorities on social protection of inequalities, on governance and accountability, on learning outcomes and on crisis-sensitive educational planning are essential to help us move forward and to achieve the 2030 agenda.
Wishing you a happy 60th anniversary, and I hope to be collaborating together to the progress of education in the world."

Máximo Torero Cullen is the Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and IIEP Governing Board Member.

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Marc Bray

"Reflecting on IIEP’s 60th anniversary causes me to look back, particularly to revisit the 2011 book published by IIEP that I co-edited with N.V. Varghese. It is entitled Directions in Educational Planning: International Experiences and Perspectives". 

Marc Bray is IIEP's former Director from 2006 to 2010. He is also UNESCO Chair at the University of Hong Kong, China.
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Gudmund Hernes

"For 60 years IIEP has pursued a three-pronged approach to capacity building. The first has been focused on persons: to train planners and managers in skills to analyze, communicate, implement, and evaluate. The second has focused on organizations: to make institutions work by improving administrative routines, organizational culture, and leadership. The third has focused on the broader social, political, and economic setting: to help mold an enabling environment so that the skills of managers are fully utilized, resources are matched with goals and the results of students improved".

Gudmund Hernes is IIEP's former Director from 1999 to 2006. He is also a researcher at the Fafo Institute in Oslo, and Professor at BI Norwegian School of Management.
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Rong Wang

"As a board member of IIEP, I have had the privilege to learn first-hand how IIEP has helped China as well as many other developing countries to train generations after generations of educational planning decision-makers, technical professionals, and scholars. Over the past six decades, IIEP has trained and inspired and united its community, with its unwavering commitment to the right of education for all. Looking to the future, one can only see that gender inequality, learning crises of the disadvantaged, and the lack of political will and fiscal resources for education finance, among others, remain as outstanding as before. At the same time, some latest developments such as AI technologies promise enormous potential for educational innovation and reinvention. Amid this joyous celebration, let’s hope IIEP continues to be the lighthouse, standing on the edge of the known and the unknown, casting its beacon of light into the future." 

Rong Wang is Director and Professor of the China Institute for Educational Finance Research (CIEFR), Peking University, and the founding chairwoman of China National Research Association of Education Finance. She is also a member of the IIEP Governing Board.