Learning from Oman's education system

23 April 2012
IIEP trainees visited the Sultanate from 20 to 29 April 2012


Les 35 participants de la 47e session de l'ATP avec les autorités d'Oman

At the invitation of the Omani authorities, the 35 participants of the 47th session of the IIEP Advanced Training Programme (ATP) in Educational Planning and Management visited the Sultanate to learn more about the Omani education system and the policies that contribute to its development. From the insights gained during this visit, the participants – who occupy key positions in Ministries of Education and training institutions in developing countries – will be able to draw lessons for the policies, planning and management of their own education systems.

The 10-day visit focused on basic and adult education and post-basic education and its relation to higher education, as well as vocational and technical education, with an overall focus on the articulation between the education system and the labour market.

The participants attended lectures by Omani experts from the Ministries of Education and Ministry of Manpower, from universities and research institutes. They will visit local institutions including basic and post-basic education schools, universities and public administrations in three Governorates (Muscat/ Capital, Al Batinah and Al Dakhilya).

At the conclusion of the study visit, in the presence of educational authorities of the Sultanate of Oman, the participants presented reports, sharing their views on what they saw and what they learned.

The study visit was hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science to UNESCO in Muscat. Mr Khalil Mahshi, IIEP’s Director, accompanied the group of participants to Oman and also participated in the official Opening session in Muscat, held under the Auspices of H. E. Mr Soud Al Balushi, Undersecretary for Educational Planning and Human Resources Development, Omani Ministry of Education.


Introducing Oman

A preparatory session took place on Monday 16 April at IIEP in Paris. ATP Participants were provided with an overview of the Sultanate of Oman, its culture and education system, as well as practical information about the activities organized in the framework of the visit.

Her Excellency, Dr Samira Mohamed Moosa Al Moosa, Permanent Delegate, Permanent Delegation of the Sultanate of Oman to UNESCO, honoured IIEP with her presence at this event.