Mr. Morten Sigsgaard, Assistant Programme Specialist from the UNESCO International Institute of Educational Planning, congratulates the graduates and outlines the way forward for the programme, a model example of truly Afghan-led capacity development.
The first 40 civil servants of the Ministry of Education (MoE) graduated on 12th November 2014 from the two-year degree course administered as part of National Training Programme in Educational Planning and Management (NTP). They all work in provincial education departments and district education offices and will bring their expertise to improve planning, monitoring and evaluation at the sub-national level.
The NTP is a flagship training programme which has been generously supported by the Governments of Norway and Denmark since 2008. The Department of Planning and Evaluation at the MoE, and the Educational Planning Department of the Accounting and Administration Institute under the Deputy Ministry for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DM TVET) manage the NTP programme with technical support from the UNESCO International Institute of Educational Planning.
The 40 civil servants from the MoE who graduated today have acquired skills on education planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Their programme of study included two three-month semesters of full time training in Kabul with two nine-month semesters of practical work experience in the provincial and district offices. These graduates will contribute to the strengthening of the Government of Afghanistan’s capacity in the areas of education sector policy and planning. As one trainee from Ghor Province expressed during the event, “we work for the day when pens will substitute guns in the hands of us all”.