The Colombo Plan Staff College hosted the Study Tour for the second batch of Bangladesh Education Officials, composed of nine officers and administrators, from the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE), Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME), under Third Primary Education Development Project (PEDP3) from November 23-27, 2015. The program followed the reforms made from the Primary Education Development Program (PEDP2) and the implementation of the PEDP3 in which it continued to implement a sector-wide approach concentrating on financial management, donor harmonization, and program scope. The program recognized the efforts of the Philippine government in education reforms and sought to conduct benchmarking activities and study tour programs through CPSC, given its experience and reputation in handling similar delegations in the past.
Specifically the program aimed to improve the awareness of country-based financial management practices and their implications to the successful implementation of an inclusive primary education system. It also aimed to identify practices and systems for financial management that would be beneficial in the context of Bangladesh. The participants prepared a report consolidating different observations and recommendations on the visits.
The program covered key areas in education management with emphasis on the Philippine context. Some of the topics tackled include: (1) the Philippine Education System with focus on Primary Education, (2) Public Financial Management System in Philippine Government, (3) Public Financial Management in Philippine Education System, (4) ICT Applications as used in Education and Finance, (5) Reforms in Philippine Education focusing on Financial Management and Decentralized Education, (6) Private Education as a Key Partner in the Delivery of Primary Education in the Philippines and (7) Demonstration on Accounting Software.
In addition, visits to institutions such as the Rosario Ocampo Elementary School in Taytay, Rizal and the Colegio de San Agustin, Makati were also organized for the participants to personally see and observe the practices of the respective public and private schools. In addition, several visits to the Embassy of Bangladesh in Manila as well as excursions in Tagaytay City and Manila, were also added to the program to provide a holistic learning experience to the participants.