Planning can be defined as a practice aimed at preparing the education system to address the future
and to achieve the medium and long-term goals set by
policy-makers. In order to fulfil this function
effectively, educational planners need to have an
understanding of the concepts which are defining
and shaping their area of work. At the same time, they have to be aware of the context, challenges
and constraints that arise when carrying out the operational activities of educational planning.
The three units of this module therefore examine both the concepts and the context of educational
Education sector planning
key concepts, contextual factors and main stages;
Comparative and international perspectives: major trends in educational development in
different parts of the world, the related challenges for forward planning;
New frameworks for planning: ‘new’ international commitments (such as Education for All, the
Fast Track Initiative, poverty reduction strategies, Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s),
etc.) and their influence on the approaches, instruments, and processes for the development
of educational planning.
Expected learning outcomes:
Upon completion of Module 1 you should be able to:
Master key concepts, characteristics and ma
in stages of education sector planning;
Identify the main contextual factors affecting educational planning;
Discuss the main challenges facing educational planning;
Compare educational development patterns in different regions;
Identify the international commitments and frameworks guiding educational planning;
Discuss the main aid modalities in education.
In case you have specific questions or any difficulties in understanding the material or work
instructions related to this module, you should first contact your country Group Coordinator who will
assist you in addressing them. The IIEP module instructors, named above would be happy to answer
any further questions via the Module-1 Discussion Forum within the e-learning platform.
Questions for indivi
While reading the materials relating to the present module, you will regularly come across
’Questions for individual reflection’. Reflecting on and responding to these questions will help
you to clarify whether you have understood certain relevant parts or aspects of the module
We suggest that you answer each of these questions individually and take short notes of your
answers. Then, compare and discuss your answ
ers and possible doubts with your colleagues
during the weekly sessions organized by your Group Coordinator.
The questions for individual reflection will not be marked - you will not have to submit your
responses to the IIEP module inst
ructors. The objective of these questions is to improve your
understanding of the material. Therefore, it is important that you prepare your answers to
these questions and participate in the weekly sessions as sound preparation for future work.
Group Activity :
At the end of Unit 3, you will find a Group Activity. For the preparation of the group response,
we suggest that you start reading the material and responding to the activity individually.
Then, compare and discuss your answers and points of view with your colleagues during the
group sessions organized by your Group Coordinator. Finally, your group should prepare a
consolidated group response
for this group activity.
Your Group Coordinator is expected to submit the group response to the IIEP instructors on or
before the indicated deadline. The submission of
the group response is compulsory and will
be also considered as a preparation for the indi
vidual examination and the elaboration of your
country plan/review document.
Your group responses to the assignment will be
marked by the IIEP instructors. Within one
week after your submission, your group will re
ceive an assessment report containing the
instructors’ comments and remarks on your work as well as a group mark.