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Strategic Choices for Education Reform

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November 30 - December 11, 2009, Washington, DC, USA

Strategic Choices for Education Reform - Unicef

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The WBI-UNICEF learning program, Strategic Choices for  Education Reform, aims to strengthen the knowledge of UNICEF staff on issues related to education reform and to build their capacity to influence national processes and instruments to improve the quality, efficiency, equity, and sustainability of education provision. The course examines education reform from a variety of paradigms, including the human rights perspective, and uses evidence-based techniques to analyze alternative policies and practices in education reform while making linkages to macroeconomic parameters.

The learning program takes a sector-wide approach to address a range of issues surrounding education reform, especially as they relate to the Education for All (EFA) goals and a knowledge-based economy. It consists of modules covering the following themes:

  • Working with development partners, governments, and donors in a changing development architecture
  • Political economy, economics, and the financing of education
  • Policy analysis instruments and tools, including: benefit analysis, cost effectiveness, Public Education Reviews (PERs), and Public Expenditure Tracking (PETS)
  • Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) processes, national ownership, and leadership
  • Effective strategies for improving education quality, efficiency, and equity
  • The use of education indicators for planning, including the assessment of student learning outcomes, program evaluation, the use of Education Management Information System (EMIS) , and Information Technologies and Communications (ICTs).

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