The objective is to strengthen the capacity of central, provincial and district levels of the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) staff to better manage administrative and financial resources for education delivery. This will be achieved through improved performance at organisational, institutional and individual levels. The Sam Sang policy provides direction to prioritise capacity building at district, village and school levels. Improved performance means more effective and efficient decision making that is evidence-based, from policy development to what happens inside classrooms. To assist in planning, the Ministry needs information in a timely manner. While external financing from development partners can help to support improved performance, development aid must be coordinated, particularly at sub-national levels, to ensure sustainability.
- Support to the Education Sector Working Group, focal groups and provincial staff through the provincial coordination mechanism to help ensure external aid is better coordinated and has sustainable outcomes with ownership by education staff at national and sub-national levels.
- Conduct a Management and Administration Skills Survey (MASS) to identify capacity and professional development needs across all MoESadministrative levels.
- Support to a capacity building plan for staff of MoES at all levels.
- Support to school based quality improvement, through capacity building for District Education and Sports Bureau.
- Support to improving MoES data management and the various Management Information Systems.
- Support to MoES public financial management through a review of current systems and procedures, a medium term (four year) roadmap, with capacity building and training opportunities for district and provincial finance staff.
In Year 1, BEQUAL focused on implementation of the MASS survey, capacity building of staff from MoES and IFEAD, development of the Education Management Information System (EMIS) strategy and better use of the MoES payment, accounting and reporting system.
Year 2 continues to roll out capacity building activities in the priority areas of school-based management, education planning, education administration and personnel management, and IT and computer skills.
Professional development for MoES will continue across the four years of Phase 1 and will reflect on incorporating lessons learned, be demand driven through methods that encourage on-the-job training and provide post-training support and monitoring.