Capacity development of key education officials in opposition-held areas of Syria
Since 2016, Adam Smith International (ASI) has been implementing a £3m UK Department for International Development (DFID)-funded programme to improve education in the moderate opposition-controlled areas of Syria. The Taallum programme, meaning “learning” in Arabic, is focused on improving both access and quality in education through capacity development of local and provincial councils Provincial Education Directorates (PEDs) to better serve their communities.
Our focus is on working with those who have executive authority and responsibility for the education governance structure. Initially, we assessed each PEDs’ capacity to prioritise, plan, budget and direct delivery of education services. This exercise formed the baseline for monitoring of progress during the pilot; helped us identify priority needs; and informed the appropriate level for module materials and approaches. The programme delivers four modules using internet based seminars (webinars) and provides support through Capacity Development Officers, who are embedded within the PEDs. These staff members will mentor key counterparts between webinar sessions on how to prioritise against framework criteria; how to plan and budget effectively; and how to follow required processes.