In response to Bangladesh's needs to focus efforts in providing universal primary education to its citizens, as well as implementing the reforms for the Primary Education Development Program (PEDP), nine Bangladesh officials from the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE), under the Ministry of Primary Education (MoPME), visited CPSC from October 11-15, 2015 to participate on a study tour and benchmarking on primary education reforms and public financial management in the Philippines. The program was the first of the two batches planned for the year.
The program aimed to instill the awareness of the country-based financial management practices and their implications to the successful implementation of an inclusive primary education system to the participants. It was targeted at enabling the identification of practices and systems for financial management that would be beneficial in the context of Bangladesh. The program assisted the participants in preparing a report consolidating different observations and recommendations on the visits.
The study tour covered themes such as the Philippine primary education system, public financial management, reforms in the Philippine education focusing on financial management, ICT applications in education and finance, and private education as a key partner in delivering primary education in the Philippines.
The program was coordinated by Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, CPSC Officer-in-charge. In addition, resource persons from some of the Philippine government agencies such as the Department of Education and Department of Budget and Management, as well as from the Far Eastern University, were invited to provide lectures and academic inputs.
The program also included visits to the central office of the Department of Education (DepEd), as well as model schools such as the Melencio M. Castelo Elementary School in Quezon City and Colegio de San Agustin in Makati. In addition, visits to the Bangladesh Embassy in Manila and Tagaytay City were also included in the program.
The program ended in a positive note as the delegation expressed their appreciation to CPSC for organizing and arranging the program.