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UNESCO trains Ministry of Education officials in education costing and modelling




18 September 2014, Yangon – UNESCO conducted a technical training workshop on costing and simulation modelling in Myanmar from 9-12 September 2014 for more than 30 Ministry of Education (MOE) officials, as part of its on-going support for the country’s education reforms under Phase Three of the Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR).

Attended by members of the seven MOE Costing Working Groups driving the costing process of the National Education Sector Plan (NESP), the four-day workshop covered topics on education policy cycles, education indicators and key concepts in education costs and finance. Participants also had the opportunity to experience the simulation process first-hand using the Education Policy and Strategy Simulation Model (EPSSim), and drafted sub-sector policy targets and indicators for Myanmar’s National Education Sector Plan (NESP).

In addition to training MOE officials, UNESCO’s costing team designed a prototype of an education simulation model for Myanmar. UNESCO expects to refine the tailor-made Myanmar simulation model over the next three months, in close collaboration with the CESR Office, as part of its technical assistance contribution to the development of an evidence-based, costed NESP that will guide Myanmar’s education sector development in the short and medium term.

UNESCO also held meetings with Dr Myo Thein Gyi, Director-General of the Department of Myanmar Education Research Bureau (DMERB), and Daw Khin Myo Myint Kyu, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Education Planning and Training (DEPT), and Daw Tin Tin Shu, Task Manager of the CESR Office, all of whom expressed their appreciation of UNESCO’s continued support throughout the entire CESR process.

Due to the positive feedback by workshop participants, who found the training “practical” and “useful in enhancing [their] understanding of education costing”, Dr Myo Thein Gyi and Daw Tin Tin Shu has invited UNESCO to conduct two other technical workshops for other ministry officials in the last quarter of 2014. 

Under the auspices of the Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA) programme, UNESCO has been supporting the Myanmar MOE in capacity building and technical assistance for sector-wide policy and planning over the past two years. UNESCO will continue to support the Myanmar MOE in the provision of technical advice and capacity development initiatives such as workshops and training modules in alignment with the CESR process.