Transforming education: learn the fundamentals of educational planning

02 April 2024

Gain a better understanding of educational planning and policies, from interpreting data and key indicators to learning how a credible education sector plan is prepared.

Applications are now open for our online training programme, Foundations of Education Sector Planning, so that planners, policy-makers, and other professionals may be better equipped to set a path for implementing education reforms.

About this programme

Dates: 2 October 2024 – 22 July 2025 (9 months)

Learning mode: Online

Languages: English and French

Workload: 10–12 hours per week

Fees: USD 2,500*
*Thanks to support from our partners, the cost of the Foundations programme has been reduced this year by 60%.

Registration deadline: 10 July 2024

IIEP credits earned: 18 IIEP credits

Who can apply?

This programme is for educational planners and managers around the world, other profiles from education ministries, and staff from other governmental bodies. Professionals working for NGOs and national and international agencies that contribute to educational planning are also welcomed to apply.

Applicants should have relevant professional work; hold a three-year post-secondary education in a field related to social sciences; read, write, and speak fluently in one of the two course languages; and be proficient in MS Word and Excel.

What will you learn?

The programme is organized around four courses, providing participants with the fundamentals of education sector policy, analysis, plan preparation, and plan monitoring. Participants will also need to successfully complete a self-paced introductory course on descriptive statistics.

Using an interactive, practice-oriented approach, our high-quality training will combine individual study, weekly online “live” sessions, and exchanges with international experts and participants to encourage collaboration and experience sharing.

At the end of the programme, participants should be able to:

  • Analyse the main theories and international commitments that shape education policy and planning,
  • Advocate for key policies that address the most pressing education challenges,
  • Calculate and interpret key education indicators for the analysis of major dimensions in educational planning,
  • Design and draft an education sector analysis,
  • Use simulation/projection tools,
  • Evaluate the relevance and feasibility of education plans,
  • Select, analyse, and present relevant information for planning including monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) concepts and evaluation strategies, plus more!

What is the selection procedure?

Geographical and gender balance will be taken into consideration in the selection process. Particular consideration will be given to applications received from low-income and middle-income countries.

A catalyst for transformation

Over the past 60 years, IIEP has trained around 24,000 education professionals across the globe. It continues to refine its training programmes, incorporating the latest technology and research to help achieve national and international educational goals.

Today, IIEP’s Global Campus is a catalyst for transformation, supporting more than 1,400 professionals each year to develop their knowledge and skills through its high-quality training.

“IIEP helped me gain the skills and knowledge necessary to develop an education sector strategic plan. When I returned to my country, I became one of the experts who prepared the national education sector plan for Somalia.”
Alumnus, Somalia