January 17, 2012
|Yuki and the World Bank staff discussing with local educators at a Senegal's primary school supported by JICA-technical cooperation project|
The main purpose of the field trip was to receive feedback from the people actually engaged in education over data tentatively collected with SABER “school autonomy and accountability” (SAA) domain indicators, and to determine their validity. For this, JICA-RI and the World Bank held a workshop and more than 30 people such as MENA’s secretary general participated in Burkina Faso, while nearly same size of the attendees including ME’s secretary general gathered at a workshop in Senegal.
According to Yuki, the World Bank has implemented pilot tests of SABER in about 40 countries so far, but this round in the above two countries was unique, for it was the first time for them to run the latest edition of the questionnaire and to do so in a Francophone African region. She also pointed out that the governmental officials had shown great interest in a comparative analysis of their educational policies against those of other regions and lessons from the world through SABER-SAA’s pilot results as they are moving into the period to plan a new educational strategy.
|Workshop in Burkina Faso|
Yuki said, “Thanks to cooperation from JICA and Bank offices and people involved in education projects in both countries, we had active participation from governmental officials, and that led to generous support and advice over data collection of various types. We could also discuss critical issues with other international organizations like Confemen [Conférence des ministres de l'éducation nationale], UNESCO and UNICEF. With all the information and data gathered this time, we will proceed with preparation of a follow-up visit scheduled in February.”
*More on SABER research project, see below.
|Day||December 04, 2011(Sun) - December 16, 2011(Fri)|
|Place||Burkina Faso, Senegal|