Seminar on learning assessment analysis for the regional network of education research initiative
UNESCO Beirut participated in a technical statistical training workshop in Amman 10-12 July 2012 with sessions on advanced regression analysis. The workshop was organized by the National Center for Human Resources Development (NCHRD) and the World Bank for the Regional Network for Education Research Initiative (RNfER). The participants were national researchers from seven countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and UAE, they presented their respective national assessment systems.
The purpose of the UNESCO Beirut participation was to find a way of ensuring a bridge between the RNfER and the Beirut Office Arab Programme on Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis. The aim is to build on this experience and expertise to implement the programme at a regional large scale.
Jordanian Prince El Hassan attended the UNESCO presentation on the Arab Programme on Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis. His Royal Highness commented on the lack of the culture of the quality assessment in the region and demonstrated his full support to this initiative. He announced that he would be willing to convene a high level meeting under his patronage to mobilize politicians, economists and civil society to strengthen the quality education for development.
The main recommendations at the seminar were:
- To ensure that there is a smooth and efficient transition from the RNfER with the Arab Programme on Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis which UNESCO Beirut is going to lead and coordinate with ALECSO and the World Bank.
- All partners involved from each of the participating countries need to make a greater effort in disseminating the results and the products of the work carried out during the next three years.
- All partners will work together on a joint program to analyze in-depth the results of TIMSS 2011. UNESCO Beirut will lead the analysis of TIMSS data that should lead to design policy options for improving education quality in all the participating countries.