For this fiscal year, CPSC welcomed the first batch of officials from the Union of Myanmar in its headquarters for a customized training on developing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems. The program was organized on May 15-18, 2018 and was participated by 14 officers from the Myanmar Education Quality Improvement Program (My-EQIP).

The program was supervised by the CPSC Director General, Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane and coordinated by the CPSC Faculty Specialist, Ms. Therese Lee. Program resources were provided by the CPSC Faculty Consultant, Dr. Chithral Ambawatte.

The delegation, headed by the Program Director of the My-EQIP program, U Ko Lay Win, was officially welcomed during the opening ceremony held on May 15, 2018. In his opening remarks, he apprised everyone on the progress of Myanmar in reforming their education sector particularly the implementation of the National Education Strategic Plan (2016-2021) and the My-EQIP program background which is also in collaboration with the Australian Government. Dr. Lamichhane, on behalf of CPSC, welcomed the participants to CPSC and to the Philippines and mentioned CPSC’s intent to aid Myanmar in its endeavors.

The delegation visiting the Department of Education Central Office in Ortigas, Pasig City.

During the four-day program, the participants were able to understand the relevance and fulfillment of objectives, development efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of projects and activities embarked by My-EQIP. The classroom were organized for them to able to compare the M&E Policies and Practice in ASEAN Countries and aid them in setting up an effective monitoring system as part of the quality assured programs. In addition, the materials and lectures were designed for them to be able to recognize the role of M&E in the education system. Lastly, they were encouraged to explore the M&E policies in education and its conceptual framework for application in their own country by creating an action plan.

The participants of the program in a task facilitated by Dr. Lamichhane (first from right)

The closing ceremony was held on May 17, 2018 and was attended by the Honorable Ambassador of the Republic of Union of Myanmar to the Philippines, H.E. U Win Naing. The ambassador exchanged pleasantries with the delegation and officials of CPSC and expressed his congratulations for the success of the training. His presence was appreciated by Dr. Lamichhane, speaking on behalf of CPSC. He mentioned that the current time is the right time for CPSC to support Myanmar in its plan to introduce long-term reforms and the college is always prepared to assist the country in this regard.

The CPSC Team represented by Dr. Lamichhane (center from left) presenting a token of appreciation to the Ambassador of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to the Philippines, U Win Naing (center from right). He was joined by Ms. Therese Lee, CPSC Faculty Specialist (first from left); Dr. Chithral Ambawatte, CPSC Faculty Consultant (second from left); U Ko Lay Win, Program Director of My-EQIP program (first from right) and Dr. Sai Kyaw Naing Oo, Acting Director General of the Monitoring and Evaluation Team (Research), Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

On May 18, 2018, the participants were split into two groups and were assigned to visit some of the offices of government education providers in the country. One group visited the headquarters of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Taguig City. Another group visited the Santa Lucia High School in Pasig City which is under the Department of Education. The group were also able to make a courtesy call to the officials of the Department of Education during a visit to the Central Office on May 16, 2018.

Overall, the program was well-appreciated by the participants and it is hoped that it will further pave the way for more opportunities for collaboration between CPSC and the Myanmar government on introducing capacity building activities for the benefit of its human resources.

The delegation visiting Rizal Park, one of Manila’s major historical landmark.