21.01.2012 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

Four workshops to advance quality education in Iraq

© UNESCO Iraq / Participants exchange working papers during one of the workshops in Salaheddine

UNESCO, UNICEF and the GOI are conducting four quality workshops related to developing educational planning to support the development of the quality of education at all levels (school, university, technical & vocational…etc) in Iraq. The workshops are to take place in Erbil during the third week of January till the second week of February 2012 and they aim at training 140 educational statisticians and planners from Ministry of Education (Bag & Erbil), educational directorates (from all governorates), Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (Bag. & Erbil) and all Iraqi Universities across the country on the new methods and techniques used in identifying qualitative indicators and developing related data collection tools and analytical skills to be used in formulating future educational plans that support the GOI efforts to improve the quality of education.

Having a common vision towards quality education, UNESCO, UNICEF and GOI believe in the need for an integrated and comprehensive educational quality development initiative that targets all educational components at all levels in a synchronized way. Accordingly, UNESCO Iraq developed, implemented and is still implementing a set of quality projects to develop educational components such as The Curricula Development Project, The Teachers Training Project, The Distance Learning Project, The ICT (Information& Communication Technologies) in Education Project…etc, as well as the managerial and administration knowledge and skills of GOI employees through The Public Sector Modernization Project.

The new workshops represent, in fact, the first step in developing educational policies, plans and strategies that target the quality of education. They will be followed with a project that aims at developing an electronic assessment system that include assessment tools / kits for measuring the quality of each component of the education system, identifying the gaps, and deriving the suitable qualitative indicators. The new project should include a huge capacity building component to train educational experts from all educational sectors on using the developed assessment system.

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