EWB initiated a UNDP project entitled ‘Peer Review for Capacity Building of Educational Leadership in Congo Republic, Burkina Faso, and Angola, in collaboration with the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). This project is also financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The Capacity Building of Educational Leadership Project aims to reinforce a sense of ownership of participating countries for their own educational development. This will be done via self-assessments of their educational policies and institutions, followed by reevaluations from a group of international experts.
This project’s main goal is to assist African countries in linking education to concrete plans for social changes. Through this project, people are educated to acquire skills and enable them to bring about the economic, social and technological transformations. These transformations are required for their sustainable development in line with the achievement of MDG and EFA goals. As part of this process, Korean education experts from EWB formed a team with African education experts to share lessons of the Korean education development experience. A structure of peer review model consists of five major steps: (i) a preparatory stage; (ii) a self-assessment by the volunteer country; (iii) a review undertaken by an international team; (iv) a national consultation to compare and combine findings from the two sources (the country’s self-assessment and the international review); and (v) an evaluation of outcomes, which will be conducted at least 12 months after the review is completed.
The project intends to not only develop and reinforce the capacity building of national stakeholders and international peer experts, but also to strengthen networks formed from this collaborative work, with the ultimate goal of promoting further South-South cooperation.