UNESCO-IIEP Education Planning and Management Training builds capacity of Myanmar officials to deliver quality education for all children in Myanmar

UNESCO-IIEP Education Planning and Management Training builds capacity of Myanmar officials to deliver quality education for all children in Myanmar

UNESCO-IIEP Education Planning and Management Training builds capacity of Myanmar officials to deliver quality education for all children in Myanmar

The Myanmar Governments committed to providing quality education through its recently launched National Education Strategic Plan (NESP) 2016-2021 and its engagement with the SDG4-Education 2030 agenda. Delivering on these promises, however, requires capacity among education officials to plan strategically and develop strategies designed to promote quality and equity.

On 2 December 2017 seventy-four education officials from the Myanmar Ministry of Education (MoE) were awarded certificates for the successful completion of a capacity development training on education planning and management by the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO-IIEP). The award ceremony was an occasion not only to appreciate the commitment and effort of the participants, but also to recognize a new milestone achieved by MoE in its effort to reform and develop sector-wide educational policy and planning in the country. 

To fully realize Myanmar’s priorities, UNESCO, through the Capacity Development for Education programme (CapED), works towards strengthening national capacities in sector-wide policy and planning, in alignment with international frameworks. Accordingly, CapED, in partnership with the Department of Education Research, Planning and Training (DERPT), has rolled out a comprehensive training program for Myanmar education planners and managers at the union and sub-national levels. Workshops focused on different topics related to education sector planning, analysis of the education sector, choice of strategies, project management, and linking planning and budgets. The diverse group of participants from the education departments of central and state/regional levels were brought together in the training which gave them the chance to learn from one another and share their knowledge and experiences.

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“A participant from Department of Educational Research, Planning and Training receiving the certificate of successful completion on Capacity Development Training”

At the final award ceremony, which marked the conclusion of this series of trainings, Ms. Min Jeong Kim, Head of the UNESCO Yangon Project Office, reminded participants that for the training to have a tangible impact on the quality of education in Myanmar, the principles and strategies learnt in the trainings need to be applied in their daily work.

The UNESCO-IIEP training was such a valuable opportunity for Myanmar education managers and planners to learn international norms and practices. The education planners and managers of MoE must regard the training as the very first step for further learning and continuous professional development, building on the knowledge and inspiration they have gained from the training.

– U Ko Lay Win, Deputy Director General, DERPT -


The UNESCO-IIEP training series has empowered the education officials to initiate their own independent learning based on the foundation laid by the workshops. Future capacity building initiatives under the UNESCO CapED program and in partnership with DERPT will be implemented to support the continued professional development of the participants. While education policy and planning is but one part of a complex system involved in education delivery, successful planning and management is an important starting point for the successful provision of quality education for all children in Myanmar.