IIEP – a new Learning Portal

There are plenty of opportunities to access learning material, but sometimes it takes too long to trawl through a range of disconnected sites. The new IIEP Learning Portal is worth a visit if you are an education planner and decision maker or an education practitioner -particular with an eye on the quality of education.

IIEP Learning Portal
IIEP

We are pleased to announce the launch of the IIEP Learning Portal, an interactive platform designed to help decision-makers and education practitioners plan for quality education and improved learning outcomes in the post-2015 era.

The IIEP Learning Portal responds to the needs of education planners, policy-makers, civil society actors, and funders throughout the world, by offering:

  • Brief summaries of the research on 25 ways to improve learning,
  • An overview of each step involved in creating a plan for learning improvement,
  • Tools and approaches to monitor learning and put the data to use,
  • A weekly blog and a daily selection of news articles on learning from around the world,
  • Ways to learn about major controversies and participate in e-Forum discussions,
  • glossary of key terms and a chance to ask a librarian to help you find the resources   you need,
  • More than 1,000 resources in a searchable database including research and reports on efforts to improve learning, sample policies, current debates and a wide range of experiences on learningissues.

We invite you to visit the new portal – http://learningportal.iiep.unesco.org/ – join the community (subscribe to our newsletter and connect on Twitter and Facebook) and discover how you can participate and benefit from its many resources on educational planning for improved learning.

Questions? Contact.learning@iiep.unesco.org

Education Sector Planning

Guidelines: Education Sector Plan
GPE and IIEP 

New guidelines published by the Global Partnership for Education and International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP) aim to help developing country partners, donors and all education stakeholders to prepare and appraise education sector plans.

The Guidelines for Education Sector Plan Preparation set out the essential features of a credible ESP, starting with the need for an overall vision. As a national policy instrument, elaborated under the responsibility of the government, country ownership and vision are essential.

The new Guidelines for Education Sector Plan Appraisal helps all education stakeholders and the wider partnership to determine whether a plan is credible enough to be endorsed and whether it is likely to deliver the desired results.

Click here to download the guidelines.

Ethics and Education – an important partnership

ETICO is a resource platform on ethics and corruption in education supported by UNESCO.

This is a timely initiative as we see reduced spending on education in a number of countries , yet more demands from the systems themselves, for more classrooms, more and better teaching and learning resources, improved and increased teacher professional development etc  so we cannot afford ‘loss’ through corruption. It is also important to show young people that ethics and education are intimately related.

Lack of integrity and unethical behaviour within the education sector are inconsistent with one of the main purposes of education: to produce ‘good citizens’ respectful of the law, human rights, and fairness. It is also incompatible with any strategy that considers
education as one of the principal means of fighting corruption.

Th e Drafting Committee of the World Education Forum has expressed
this concern in the following terms: ‘Corruption is a major drain on
the effective use of resources for education and should be drastically
curbed’.(UNESCO. 2000. Dakar Framework for Action. Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments. Adopted by  the World Education Forum, Dakar, Senegal, 26–28 April 2000. Extended commentary on the Dakar Action Plan (para. 46).

Some topics and resources included on the website:

Building capacities

In addition to knowledge production and management, ETICO also provides guidance and country level support on corruption issues in education by offering access to relevant instruments, standards, and services that bolster country capacities, including:

ethics

Plans for the improvement of the quality of education often focus on quantitative data like number of teachers by age/grade/status/level of qualifications and pupils/teacher ratios, rather than on ‘intangible inputs’. These ‘intangible inputs’, such as transparent systems for collecting and disseminating information, and professional and ethical commitments of teachers and staff, are however crucial to the delivery of quality education.

J. Hallak and M. Poisson

The above quote refers to the development of Teacher codes of conduct.

Research has shown that teacher codes can be an effective instrument for promoting ethics in education. However, their implementation sometimes proves difficult due to – among other variables – limited access, unclear content, and inadequate teacher training, as shown in IIEP’s research in South Asia.

 

Planning and management

Corruption may be found in all areas of educational planning and management – school financing, recruitment, promotion and appointment of teachers, building of schools, supply and distribution of equipment and textbooks, admission to universities, and so on.

Areas of potential corruption:

Finance and allocation of specific allowances e.g.  Leakage of funds,Collection of illegal fees;

Teacher management and behaviour e.g. Ghost teachers,Fraud in the appointment and deployment of staff , Private tutoring;

Examinations and diplomas  e.g. Examination fraud

Institution accreditation  e.g. Fraud in the accreditation proces

Information systems e.g. Manipulating data, Irregularity in producing and publishing information

Source: adapted from Hallak and Poisson, 2007.

As shown above, within each of the planning/management areas corrupt practices can take many forms, including embezzlement, bypassing of criteria, and favouritism. Manipulation of information and statistical data are among the concerns that cut across all of these areas.

Our children deserve better than learning these tricks first hand from their ‘carers’ and those responsible for their education.

In order to reduce such practices, particular attention must be paid to integrating anti-corruption issues into education planning, with an in-depth examination of risk analysis, definition of clear norms and standards, setting up of transparent procedures, development of management capacities, better access to information, etc.

New publication on achieving transparency in pro-poor education incentives:

Ensuring children in the poorest communities aren’t robbed of their basic right to a good quality education.

 

 

 

Crisi sensitive education planning

Education planning may not be rocket science but in many countries human resources and capacity are still lacking in this important area. IIEP provides guidance and updates.

IIEP Newsletter: Crisis-sensitive educational planning
International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)

A primary resource for information on educational planning and managementPublished three times a year, the IIEP Newsletter keeps readers informed of current trends in educational planning and IIEP activities. It allows them to update their planning skills and management techniques, but also to stay informed on major issues facing education systems. The IIEP Newsletter is produced in printed and electronic formats, and in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Russian.

For more information, click here.

Online Forum – Planning and Preparedness for Education in Emergencies

With over one third of all children who are out of school living in countries affected by conflict or emergency, and an estimated 125 million children likely to be affected by climate change over the next decade, there is an urgent need for educational planners to integrate conflict prevention and disaster preparedness measures into sector planning processes.

INEE has highlighted the following event which encourages a wider discussion on the longer term planning for expected emergencies.

Online Forum – Planning and Preparedness for Education in Emergencies

(IIEP UNESCO)

The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) would like to invite you to its online forum on Planning and Preparedness for Education in Emergencies. The forum will focus on the importance of integrating disaster preparedness and conflict mitigation measures into education sector policies and plans. The forum will take place in English from 14 – 25 June 2010.

During this e-forum, participants will have the opportunity to discuss and share ideas on (1) the role of the education system in disaster preparedness and conflict mitigation and (2) challenges and ways forward for the successful integration of preparedness activities into education sector planning processes, with education professionals worldwide.

For further details on the scope and content of the forum click here.

To join the forum, please send a message to eieforum@iiep.unesco.org by 4 June 2010, indicating your name, position, institution, country and interest in this forum.