Lund University, Sweden: Child Rights, Classroom and School Management

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[For further information on the programmes offered by Lund University, see: www.lu.se/lund-university]

Lund University was founded in 1666. Today it is an international centre for research and education that has at present, approximately 46,000 students.

Lately new initiatives have been taken to integrate distance learning, international networking and commissioned education. Lund University offers companies, organisations and authorities, education for the development of their staff and businesses. Education is offered by Lund University Commissioned Education (LUCE), a private company wholly owned by the university. Courses range from week long short courses to year long Master's degrees in management, and other areas.

The programme "Child Rights, Classroom and School Management" is an example of these new offerings in collaboration with external partners.

Child Rights, Classroom and School Management is an advanced international training programme offered on behalf of SIDA (The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) by Lund University Commissioned Education (LUCE).

The programme is intended to train change managers in the education system in developing countries. The content has been developed by SIDA, working with stakeholders in the participating countries.

The programme is non-formal education. Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded a certificate, but receive no academic credits.

Participants are drawn from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and must be approved by an official nominating authority in their home country. The maximum number of participants per programme session are 30. The academic level is not formally set, but the participants are expected to have a BSc or similar, including communication skills in English.

Students who successfully complete the programme are awarded a certificate, but receive no academic credits.

Commissioned education such as this (ie courses designed for and delivered to a paying firm or organisation) is a fairly common mode of education in Sweden, especially in health care, engineering and teacher training. The programme receives financial support from the Swedish government as part of its contribution to UN development goals. SIDA covers most of the costs involved for the participants, including accommodation and travel costs.

The programme is an example of a university undertaking an educational task on the basis of an open tender. In 2004 Lund University Commissioned Education unit was given the task by SIDA, after public tender, to create and administrate a programme on "Child Rights, Classroom and School Management". In 2010 the programme was redesigned by Lund University Commissioned Education after another public tender.

For further information please refer to this site: www.lu.se/sida/programmes/child-rights-classroom-and-school-managment

 

The Child Rights, Classroom and School Management Programme is offered to teams of professionals from organisations in developing countries.

Candidates for this programme are persons who are engaged with reform processes of strategic importance and who have the capacity to implement change.

How the programme is delivered

The training programme consists of five phases with a project for change as the core.

The first preparatory phase, takes place before the participants' arrival in Sweden and this phase gives give all participants a starting point for the programme. During this phase the participants contact the other team members and start working on an assigned task, relevant for their home country in consultation with a mentor.

The second phase takes place in Sweden and it lasts for four weeks. The main content of the second phase consists of studies in Child Rights, teaching and learning and leadership combined with study-visits to relevant Swedish institutions, including different schools. A project for change which should have a high degree of practical relevance for the participants and their home organisations, will be identified, planned and de- cided during their stay in Sweden.

The third phase consists of working with the project for change with regular assistance from the team's mentor.

The fourth phase consists of a ten day progress workshop in Malawi focusing on the project for change carried out by the country teams. The participants will be asked to develop, discuss and present plans for applying the programme content in their project for change. Study visits to former participants' existing projects will also take place.

Some time after phase four in Malawi, a follow-up visit will be conducted by the respective mentor in the teams' home countries. This visit, together with the final report, which is to be written by the teams, constitutes the fifth and last phase.

After having fulfilled all five phases, the participants join a national, regional and global network of Change Agents. The final report of the project for change will also be printed in a book

(www.lu.se/sida/programmes/child-rights-classroom-and-school-managment ).

Reasons for success

The SIDA programme receives strong financial support from the Swedish government as part of the general contribution of Sweden to UN development goals.

It fills a gap in the market to generate change managers in the education system in developing countries. The contents of the course have been developed in close relation with SIDA and stakeholders in the participating countries.

    This program meets the following needs:

    • a need to provide training in capacity development and change management strategies

    • a need for institutional strengthening and capacity development in the participants' countries

    • a need to address problems such as non-attendance, dropout and low completion rates in developing countries

    • a need for team building through face-to-face training

 

What makes this HRE Programme different and worthy of interest:

This SIDA International training programme draws teachers and experts from across the globe to Lund University. Disciplines such as education, sociology and law are represented in this target group.

The students receive a scholarship from SIDA. The Child Rights, Classroom and School Management training programme is a Human Rights Education (HRE) programme.

The overall objective of the programme is:

"to improve participating countries' capacity to offer and ensure everyone's right to relevant and quality education, an education that is safe and secure, inclusive, student centred, democratic and problem solving and that creates opportunities for all, regardless of background, to participate in community life as active citizens."

(Taken from SIDA brochure on Child Rights, Classroom and School Management training programme)

Market Relations

Lund University Commissioned Education unit is an entirely university owned company focused on marketing, sale and quality assurance of commissioned education from Lund University.

This unit acts very much as an advisory and consultative body, consulting with prospective organisations about training offers. Clients include companies, organisations and authorities looking for professional development of business and staff.

The target groups for the university's commissioned education are companies, public authorities and organisations on a regional, national and international level.

The value proposition on offer through the Child Rights, Classroom and School Management training programme is one that is far reaching, in a value chain touching actors on many levels. The programme contributes to many organisations on an international level in line with Sweden's development cooperation goal, i.e. to create conditions that enable poor people to improve their lives.

Production and Dilvery

Commissioned education at the university is taught by lecturers and researchers at Lund University and, where necessary, in cooperation with external agents (Key partnerships) - both international and large enterprise organisations and public authorities. One of its main partners is SIDA.

Key resources: Lund University has established a new internal unit called LUCE (LUCE: Lund University Commissioned Education) whose remit it is to advise on Lifelong Learning offers for professional development. It is a single entry point for companies, organisations and authorities looking for professional development of business and staff.

The university departments are responsible for the content of the training programmes, while Lund University Commissioned Education takes care of the administration of the training programmes.

 

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