Strengthen School Boards Program

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Duration: April 2009 – April 2010
Donors: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Human and Institutional Development Program managed by World Learning

Objectives: Strengthen school board capacities to govern the school, as defined by the law, that will facilitate democratization and decentralization processes on the school level; provide information and knowledge on School Boards roles, rights and duties through training and mentoring activities and dissemination of School Board Manual; empower School Boards to cope with their responsibilities through sharing the best practices and clearly defined procedures and practices; encourage activities for improvement of close cooperation of all stakeholders in school governance for the best interest of the students and the school. The project target group was school boards and school secretaries from all secondary and primary schools.

Results:
• 4,776 members of school boards and school administrators participated in the program through trainings and coaching sessions on Roles and Responsibilities of the School Board, Strategic Documents adopted by the School Boards, Legislative Procedures, Schools Boards’ and Schools’ Finances, School Board Effectiveness and Quality Assurance and Communications;
• School Board manuals provided to each School Board member participating in the program and distributed to the Ministry of Education and Science, Bureau for Development of Education, The Association of the Units of Local Self-Government (ZELS), USAID, World Learning and all municipalities;
• Increased nationwide awareness of the importance of school boards in governing the schools;
• School Boards empowered to govern the schools, take over their roles and responsibilities as defined by laws and bylaws and build partnerships with local communities to support the schools in efforts to provide quality education to their students and improve their learning outcomes;
• Enhanced cooperation of all stakeholders: parents, teachers, local and central education authorities, in school governance, in the best interest of the school and the students;
• School boards promoted schools as learning organizations and centers of excellence in serving their community.