Education Lab Launches This October

Education Lab Launches This October

Date: 06/10/2019

In light of the government’s efforts to promote economic diversification through enabling economic sectors in the national economy, Education Council is organizing “Education lab” in Oman institute for Oil &Gas with the support of Implementation Support & Follow-up Unit (ISFU). Participants will be representatives of a number of relevant governmental and private entities, academics, experts and a number of teachers and students. The six-week lab will last for 6 weeks, starting from the 6th of October until 14th of November 2019.

Through conducting this lab, Education Council is keen to design 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 education sector. The lab will cover areas of education quality, education economics, education and job market as well as enablers.

The lab will discuss different areas such as school and higher education, addressing its types such as technical, occupational and academic. It will also touch upon ways of overcoming the challenges and setting and implementing a clear work plan according to a specific timeline and following it up according to key performance indicators with the participation of a number of related governmental, private and non-governmental entities as well as experts and specialists in planning, financing, economics and education.

The lab will study and analyze the main areas of the sector as well as finding mechanisms and solutions. In the area of education and job market, participants will discuss partnership between education and employment sectors, education pathways. As regards to education quality, participants will discuss performance assessment for faculty and students, as well as curricula quality in terms of preparation, and teaching in terms of assessment and development. Within the same area, participants will discuss increasing the number of pre-school enrollment as well. Concerning education economics, participants will investigate the competence, effectiveness and sustainability of financing. In addition, they will discuss the contribution of education in the GDP as an aim to foster economic diversification. In addition, in the area of enablers, participants will work on finding suggestions regarding the governance of the sector through unifying the efforts of relevant entities of the sector, studying and updating laws and regulations as per the requirements of the coming phase.

In coordination with ISFU, Education Council is conducting education lab this October. The lab aims at finding suitable solutions and alternatives to create a convenient educational environment the supports the implementation of future plans for this vital sector. Preparations and planning for the lab have started earlier. Moreover, teams were formed to study the challenges of the sector as well as identify prioritized initiatives and projects according to the National Strategy for Education and the specified areas of focus and the visions of related entities.

ISFU has prepared for the lab through conducting discussion sessions. One of these sessions was conducted with Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry represented in education committee at the chamber. During the session, ISFU’s goals and labs’ methodology were introduced to the attendees from the education committee, highlighting the challenges that face the private sector in education in the Sultanate. The session’s outcomes stated some solutions and set an initial perception for the solutions and initiatives that were presented by the committee.

Another discussion session was conducted with the teaching cadres in Al-aula primary school (1-4) and Al-Khuwair school for boys in Muscat. During the session, ISFU roles and responsibilities were introduced to the audience. Moreover, further discussion on labs’ objectives was presented, highlighting that these labs work on identifying the projects that serve the objectives of the sector according to the National Strategy for Education 2040. The lab also targets studying education system in the Sultanate as per Oman Vision 2040.

Education is the keystone for countries’ development in economic, political, social and cultural sectors. The Sultanate has paid great attention to all types and phases education sector with the purpose of reaching the international levels of high quality education.

Oman vision 2040 has focused on education sector given that it is one of the national priorities that aim to prepare national competencies and skills capable of competing locally and internationally. Moreover, the National Strategy for Education 2040 includes fundamental areas such as education philosophy in the Sultanate, economic and human development, factors of change as per Oman Vision 2040, development planning and the social dimensions, and Oman and the world economic power.

This strategy aims at building an effective system for education management and governance, achieving high rates for education enrollment, ensuring that the students complete the three main phases of education, improving the quality of education, promoting creativity, innovation and research and building an effective and sustainable finance system. It also includes other sub strategies, which are education management, student enrolment in education and work sectors, quality building, development and scientific research, and education financing.

ISFU conducts several labs for different sectors to promote economic diversification as per government’s plans and programs. ISFU participates in the meetings of steering committees of the sectors, which are held annually. It also provides support through following up the implementation of Ministerial Delivery Units (MDUs) and relevant entities. The Unit also engages in the meetings of sectors work teams and projects’ owners and coordinates with the stakeholders and those responsible of the implementation process.