Since then, CapEFA Myanmar has been providing technical support and capacity building support to the Ministry of Education (MOE) and its line ministries in several specialized places, including decentralized planning and administration, sector diagnosis and analysis, education and learning costing, education statistics and education and learning management information systems (EMIS).
The CapEFA Myanmar Programme has been designed to be in position with the government’s education reform agenda since its very inception, getting corresponded in particular with Myanmar’s first Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR) in 20 years. The CapEFA Myanmar team contributed substantially to the design of CESR’s three-phase structure, including a rapid assessment and subsequent in-depth analyses of the education sector within Phases I and II correspondingly, and is currently culminating in the progress a costed National Education Sector Plan for 2016-2021.
For your first two phases of CESR, in UNESCO’s capacity as the direct development agency for the overarching Policy, Legislation, Management and Financing component, the CapEFA team trained more than 200 education managers from main MOE and all 17 States and Regions through orientation, induction and technical training workshops organized in partnership with the UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning and Management, UNESCO Institute of Statistics and the Education Policy and Reform Unit, UNESCO Bangkok. The team also released two well-received, widely distributed reports – the particular Working Paper on Education Legislation and the Working Paper on Education Decentralization – that will showcased international best practices and significantly shaped MOE’s strategic thinking during these areas.
UNESCO then emerged as the key growth partner providing technical support in the priced at of Myanmar’s National Education Sector Plan for CESR’s final phase, with the CapEFA team having developed the projection model customized to the Myanmar education system to enable MOE to assess policy options and their ensuing financial implications. Being an extension of its costing work with the request of the Disaster Preparedness and Response within Education Working Group that UNESCO chairs, the CapEFA team is now developing a costing model on disaster risk reduction, which will be the very first such prototype being pioneered across UNESCO offices worldwide.
A senior MoE official expresses her appreciation of the technical support that UNESCO has been rendering through the CESR process, “UNESCO’s assistance continues to be invaluable to all three phases of CESR – from the training activities on education policy making, fund and decentralization to the Working Documents to the data-related discussions for NESP costing and modelling. The CESR Working Groups have learned much. ”
Following the identification of data management as being a priority action area through the CESR process, CapEFA Myanmar has also been focusing on the strengthening of data systems with the aim to equip MOE along with expedient planning tools and high quality education statistics for informed policy-making, planning, management, monitoring and evaluation. Upon conducting a analysis study on the current state of EMIS development in Myanmar, and close consultation with MOE, the particular team designed a sector-wide five-year EMIS Strategic Plan. At the behest of MOE, the team is certainly continuing its technical guidance within the implementation of the EMIS Strategic Program. CapEFA is also leading the particular implementation of a country-wide initiative to map all schools and teaching institutions across Myanmar, in partnership with the particular Myanmar Information Management Unit (MIMU).
U Ko Lay Win, Director of Planning on the Department of Human Resources and Academic Planning, assesses the impact of CapEFA’s work in EMIS and school-mapping, “Quality data is critical for all stages of the policy cycle, and UNESCO’s contribution has been crucial for the progress robust data management systems to aid the Ministry’s planning needs. ”
As the Myanmar government prepares itself to implement the National Education Sector Plan within 2016, CapEFA Myanmar will continue to keep develop the institutional readiness of MOE to plan, implement and monitor policy priorities via 3 main pillars: capacity building programmes, the strengthening of data administration systems, and the development of analytical products derived from such systems.
Flagship projects in the pipeline incorporate a tailor-made Capacity Development Plan for education and learning managers at all levels, and, following which, a comprehensive series of training segments in decentralized planning finance and management customized for the needs of MOE; a corresponding pilot edition for parliamentarians is also being developed. In terms of data systems, along with continued support for the country’s EMIS reforms with an aim to integrate almost all data systems including the school mapping module into one single, user-friendly Education Portal, CapEFA Myanmar is discovering the possibility of introducing the use of National Education Accounts into the country. Additionally , analytical products are also in the midst of becoming generated, including a yearbook on Myanmar education statistics, reports on five-year cost projections and revolutionary financing for MOE, as well as a BEVÖLKERUNGSFOND DER VEREINTEN NATIONEN collaboration on the implications of Myanmar’s census results on education.
Mr. Sardar Umar Alam, Head of UNESCO Yangon Project Office and CapEFA National Coordinator, summarizes, “The CapEFA Myanmar Programme supports strategic interventions to enhance MOE’s capacities in conducting education plan and reform work. This is our mandate, and our team, using a wealth and diversity of knowledge, is both well-placed and committed to supporting MOE in achieving the particular aims of its education reforms. ”
For more information, please contact Sardar Umar Alam [email@example.com], at UNESCO Project Office in Yangon or Satoko Yano [s.yano(at)unesco.org] at the Education Policy and Reform Unit.
Written by Stephanie Choo [firstname.lastname@example.org]
• UNESCO Project Office in Yangon
• CapEFA – Myanmar