Education Lab Comes out with a number of Initiatives and Projects

Education Lab Comes out with a number of Initiatives and Projects

Date: 14/11/2019

Participants in the Education lab completed the panel discussions, which lasted for six weeks, from 6th of Oct to 14th of Nov. This lab was organized by the Education Council with the support of the Implementation Support & Follow-up Unit (ISFU) and the participation of a number of governmental and private entities as well as civil society representatives. The lab came out with a number of initiatives and projects that aim to increase the percentage of enrolment in the technical and professional streams by 15 % in 2027, enhance the quality of school education graduates through developing the educational environment, and align the governance system, provisions and policies of the educational institutions by 2022.

The outcomes covered the three main areas of the lab, which are education and job market, education quality, education economics. These outcomes will work on establishing a specialized educational system in the area of education and job market, aiming to build an educational system through which the technical and professional education integrates with the labor. Furthermore, the outcomes will contribute in applying scientific ways that ensure the sustainability of developing and assessing the curricula, preparing students capable of competing internationally, promoting of teaching profession, enhancing the quality of preschool education, and increasing the enrolment in preschool institutions. They will also contribute in increasing the efficiency of governmental expenditure on school education, providing facilities for private schools, and finding additional funding resources for school education.

Furthermore, the lab worked on incorporating “specialized schools” through establishing specialized streams for grade 11-12 students. This is achieved through the establishment of specialized schools that provide programs and majors, which meet the needs of the market, as well as the establishment of a governmental university via merging both technical colleges and applied sciences colleges to contribute in the integration of the technical educational system.

The lab also adopted the project of Oman Digital schools, which will contribute in developing the educational environment and focusing on deploying information technology and telecommunications in teaching methods to enhance the quality of education. Moreover, it will also contribute in designing incentives program to promote the investment in private school education, provide the required facilities and face the challenges that encounter the investors in school education sector.

Through this lab, Education Council was keen to design a development program that does not exceed more than 5 years to implement a number of effective projects and initiatives capable of solving the challenges that face the education sector. The Council aims to start implementing the outcomes of the lab to make the education sector capable of having a central role in supporting the economic sectors, and providing job opportunities for Omanis.

The outcomes of the lab will be followed up in the coming five years, using a specific and clear methodology via the dashboard that includes the KPIs which are identified according to a set timeline supervised by steering committees and Ministerial Delivery Units and working groups, from different related entities in the governmental and private sector, with the support of ISFU which will continue supporting and following up the initiatives and projects of the economic diversification aiming to ensure the achievement of the strategic directions made for this sector, and implementing the initiatives and projects as per the approved plan.