Dr. Sardar Mohammad Rahimi, Deputy Ministry of Education for Literacy ©UNESCO/Sidiqzai

Support Educational Planning and Management 

UNESCO’s International Institute of Educational Planning (IIEP) has been partnering with MoE since 2002. A programme to strengthen the capacity of its planning departments at central and local levels was financed by Norway (2006-2010), DANIDA (2010-2014) and now Sweden (May 2015- March 2018). IIEP has been building the MOE’s education planning and management capacity through short-term trainings, scholarships including Advanced Training Programme (ATP) and Specialized Course Programmes (SCP), on-the-job mentoring and coaching. Ten technical assistants trained by IIEP in Kabul and Paris comprise the IIEP team embedded with MoE’s Department of Planning and Evaluation (DoPE) to support the DoPE and improve the capacity of its civil servant staff.

In late 2012, MoE, in partnership with IIEP, established a National Training Programme (NTP) in Educational Planning and Management under the Deputy Ministry for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DM TVET) in Kabul. The NTP provides two-year pre-service and in-service training courses. The Programme has recently been upgraded to become the National Institute for Educational Planning which was officially launched in Kabul in April 2015. So far, 270 provincial and district education officers have received in regular in-service training, around 60 MoE central planning officers trained in Evening Shift NTPs and 84 female students have been trained in Female NTP at the NTP.  To date, 86 MoE trainees graduated from NTP obtained a two-year diploma in educational planning and management.

UNESCO also provides ongoing technical assistance to the Government in the areas of policy and strategic planning to support the preparation the National Education Strategic Plans, conduct annual Education Joint Sector Review (EJSR), training MoE staff in educational planning and management. As part of the given exercise, UNESCO supported conducting the first ever National Education for All 2015 Review which was prepared and printed in 3 languages English, Dari, and Pashto which can serve as a good reference document. In 2015, UNESCO through its regular programme and the IIEP programme supported MoE/Planning Department in conducting the EJSR 2015 and the report was produced and widely shared with the education stakeholders. UNESCO through its regular programme also supported supported MoE in conducting EJSR 2016.

The annual EJSRs aim at analyzing the current system and processes of planning monitoring, reporting and evaluation at national, provincial and district levels, analyzing the mechanism/process of budget, finance and procurement at the different levels, analyzing the situation of resources (employees, procedures, equipment and dominant organizational culture), specifically capacity of human resource for implementation of plans and assessing the extent to which MoE has achieved its national, provincial and district goals and targets stipulated in the plans in terms of access, quality, equity, relevance and management of education, and to identify what are the challenges in these aspects of education. The reviews provide practical recommendations to improve strategic and action planning at the MoE central and decentralized levels. The exercise is well received both by MoE staff and the development partners and provides participants with the opportunity to practically get involved conducting reviews and enhance their knowledge and skills. MoE staff capacity have widely enhanced in conducting such reviews and are able to manage the task with limited external support.

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