To improve the management and public administrative capacity of the Ministry of Education, USAID-Tarabot is training a critical mass of Ministry of Education staff in the development of core area skills in project management, fiscal management and budgeting, information technology, procurement, and leadership and communications. With the support of Tarabot, training management concepts are being introduced to ministry staff, who will become subject matter experts in how to analyze, conduct, evaluate, and implement the ministry’s training programs.
Equipped with these capabilities, Ministry of Education staff will be more effective in identifying administrative deficiencies throughout the ministry and its directorates and in developing effective training courses and programs to meet shortfalls. More than 600 participants have been trained in core area subject matters, and are employing their new skills in the day-to-day operation of a ministry that touches every family in the country.
The Tarabot Master Trainer program is centered around four distinct modules focusing on analysis, design, evaluation, and implementation. These modules are designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to: 1) identify training requirements within their ministry, 2) develop training courses that will fulfill the training shortfalls identified in the analysis process, 3) conduct training evaluations, and 4) implement effective training programs.
Through this program, Tarabot has introduced critical aspects of the Training Management System to the ministry and laid the groundwork for future training programs in the ministry and its directorates. With this solid footing, the ministry has actively pursued a contract with the World Bank to further efforts achieved with Tarabot in the implementation of this training management program in its Teacher Training Institute and Training Development section.
USAID-Tarabot’s assistance provides not only essential training but helps civil servants connect with other ministry staff facing similar administrative challenges; thus, the benefits of Tarabot’s training extend throughout the ministry and ultimately to the communities it serves. In bolstering the ministry’s public administration systems, Tarabot is paving the way for significant reforms and improvements to Iraq’s education system for years to come.