Civil Society Monitoring Plan for Education and Higher Education (AF0009)
Action Plan: Afghanistan Action Plan 2017-2019
Action Plan Cycle: 2017
Lead Institution: Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Education (MoE)
Support Institution(s): Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and the Disabled, and Ministry of Public Health, Relevant CSOs, education/higher education-related unions and other interested organizations
Policy AreasEducation, Oversight of Budget/Fiscal Policies, Public Service Delivery, Subnational
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Existing reports and evidence show that service delivery in education and higher education sector does not meet the people’s demand and requirements of the job market. In addition, service delivery in these sectors is poor and low-quality.
Statistics and figures indicate that half of the existing students in the country are pursuing their higher studies in private universities and institutes of higher education. The government and the private sector are main education service delivery institutions where lack of transparency and quality is seen within both public and private sector.
According to the assessments, people, Civil Society, private sector, non-governmental organizations have collaborated with MoHE and MoE in long-term and strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of their activities and projects, identifying challenges, and providing solutions in education and higher education sectors; but these collaborations are not satisfactory.; What is the commitment?: In order to address the abovementioned challenges, MoHE and MoE have decided to develop and approve a plan for civil society oversight over transparency and quality of education and higher education, in consultation with Civil Society and other relevant institutions.
The plan will enable the civil society and its stakeholders to monitor how education and higher education related services are delivered. Oversight by civil society will ensure transparency in education and higher education service delivery and improve their quality in Afghanistan.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: Civil Society and non-governmental institutions’ participation will enable them to further engage in design and devising of long-term plans and identifying existing challenges within education and higher education’s programs and to provide realistic solutions in order to solve them. As CSOs, in the past, were contributing with education and higher education institutions and shared their consultations in formulation of the education and higher education sectors’ strategic plans, CSOs participation will be included within the plans of both ministries and facilitated through development councils in Citizen Charter program, getting membership to leading committees of strategic plan implementation and other programs of the two ministries. Both MoHE and MoE are interested in CSOs active participation for ensuring transparency and quality in education and higher education service delivery.
A committee (National Oversight Committee) composed of representatives from MoHE, MoE, public and private education institutes, and civil society will be established as the first step to implement this commitment. The committee will be responsible to draft the monitoring mechanism to improve transparency and quality in education service delivery. Once drafted, the mechanism will be shared with CSOs during consultative meetings for their feedbacks. The mechanism will be finalized after incorporation of comments from CSOs and the stakeholders. Finally, the mechanism will be submitted for approval to the relevant entities.
Implementation of this commitment will enable civil society to be involved in developing the oversight plan through presenting their insights and concerns with regards to education\higher education service delivery, and to improve transparency and quality in education/higher education delivery through implementing the oversight plan. This will ensure transparency and improved quality in education/higher education service delivery.; Why is the commitment relevant to OGP values?: This commitment has relevancy with public participation and transparency, because CSOs will be involved in developing the oversight plan and will maintain oversight on education/higher education service delivery, which in turn, will bring about transparency in related service delivery.; Additional information: This commitment will be funded jointly by MoHE and MoE.
This commitment is consistent with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: Quality Education.
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