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National Institute for Educational Planning, Afghanistan:
From workshopping to institutionalization
Mohammad Aref Arefee
U...
Outline
• Why was National Institute for Educational Planning (NIEP)
established?
• How was NIEP established?
• What does ...
Why was NIEP established?
NIEP was established to contribute to:
• Prepare competent human resources to
effectively plan, ...
How was NIEP established?
• NIEP was established within the MoE structure with available national
resources and expertise ...
Two-week workshops
2008 - 2011
National Training Program
2011 - 2015
NIEP
2015 - ….
What does NIEP offer?
In-service RNTP and ENTP Pre-service FNTP
NIEP course offer
RNTP
• Regular NTP is offered
to the Provincial
Education
Departments staff
whose jobs are
relating to p...
NIEP outcomes
Annual Progress Report
Provincial 3-Year Mid-Term Plan
Over 500 trained education planners to date,
capable ...
Factors behind NIEP success
MoE leadership support Efficient collaboration between MoE
and Development partners
Factors behind NIEP success (continued)
• National ownership: development of the training programs by the
MoE and for the ...
Challenges for NIEP
• Sustainability of the financial resources since the NIEP is supported through
external development b...
The way forward
• Continue the NTP programs to train the trainees from provincial and
district levels;
• Develop modular c...
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#CIES2018 National Institute for Educational Planning, Afghanistan: From workshopping to institutionalization

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Presentation by Aref Arefee, IIEP-UNESCO National Coordinator in Afghanistan, for the CIES panel 'Strengthening National Training Institutions (NTIs) in Educational Planning and Management (EPM) in the Global South.'

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#CIES2018 National Institute for Educational Planning, Afghanistan: From workshopping to institutionalization

  1. 1. National Institute for Educational Planning, Afghanistan: From workshopping to institutionalization Mohammad Aref Arefee UNESCO-IIEP 27 March 2018, Mexico City, CIES
  2. 2. Outline • Why was National Institute for Educational Planning (NIEP) established? • How was NIEP established? • What does NIEP offer? • NIEP Outcomes • Factors behind NIEP success • Challenges for NIEP • The way forward
  3. 3. Why was NIEP established? NIEP was established to contribute to: • Prepare competent human resources to effectively plan, manage, and deliver results; • Plan following a result-based/norm-based approach for the allocation of resources and the equitable delivery of education; • Reduce the wide-spread corruption at all levels of education system through bringing more transparency.
  4. 4. How was NIEP established? • NIEP was established within the MoE structure with available national resources and expertise by developing curriculum and learning materials • The MoE hired national technical assistants (NTA) through development budget and the qualified civil servants through MoE ordinary budget to teach at NIEP • The MoE constructed a building for the NIEP
  5. 5. Two-week workshops 2008 - 2011 National Training Program 2011 - 2015 NIEP 2015 - ….
  6. 6. What does NIEP offer? In-service RNTP and ENTP Pre-service FNTP
  7. 7. NIEP course offer RNTP • Regular NTP is offered to the Provincial Education Departments staff whose jobs are relating to planning, monitoring and reporting (In-service). ENTP • Evening shift NTP is offered to the planning, monitoring and reporting officers in MoE central offices, after official working hours (in-service). FNTP • Female specific NTP is offered to the young female high school graduates (pre- service). Common to all 3 courses: - Two residential semesters (semester 1 and 3); - Two practical semesters (2 and 4) to write a Three-year Mid-term Provincial Plan; and an Annual Progress Report
  8. 8. NIEP outcomes Annual Progress Report Provincial 3-Year Mid-Term Plan Over 500 trained education planners to date, capable of preparing… Over 200 female high school graduates trained in educational planning
  9. 9. Factors behind NIEP success MoE leadership support Efficient collaboration between MoE and Development partners
  10. 10. Factors behind NIEP success (continued) • National ownership: development of the training programs by the MoE and for the the MoE based on the national planning needs and requirements • Establishment of highly qualified national team to design and implement NTP courses • Concrete and satisfying outcomes at central and provincial levels led to further demands for trainings and supports from MoE and Development Partners
  11. 11. Challenges for NIEP • Sustainability of the financial resources since the NIEP is supported through external development budget and the cost is relatively expensive considering the high number of potential candidates for training • Great number of potential provincial, district and even school levels trainees, due to decentralization of the planning • Insecurity at district level that prevent participation of the trainees from insecure districts • Interference of warlords, politicians and other influential individuals in education plan implementation • Low number of female trainees due to insecurity and cultural barriers
  12. 12. The way forward • Continue the NTP programs to train the trainees from provincial and district levels; • Develop modular curriculum, from two-year NTP to a series of low cost two-week trainings, adapted to budget constraints; • Development of distance and e-learning opportunities; and • Strengthening the qualified civil service cadre in order to replace the costly national technical assistants; • Cooperation with the MoE international and national development partners
  13. 13. Thank you!

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