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National Institute for Educational Planning And Administration (NIEPA)



The Training department was carved out from the defunct Training and Research Department in August, 2016. It is one of the ten departments of the Institute. The department is in charge in strengthening the capacity of planners and managers at Federal and State Ministries of Education. Also, it formulates education policy, plan and manage their education systems towards the attainment of Education 2030, a central part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Objectives and Philosophy of the Department

  1. The provision of specialized and relevant educational anning skills for Nigeria and the Sub African region.
  2. The monitoring and review of regional and world trends in educational management and planning practices.
  3. The development of relevant programmes for the improvement of national and international system.
  4. Serving as a resource center and network of information in educational planning in Nigeria and the entire African region
  5. The critique, analysis and adaptation of international educational training progammes to the need of particular environment.

Annual Training Programme

The Annual Training Programme (ATP) is a programme that offers educational planners and managers the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and skills in areas related to the analysis of education systems, formulation of policies, plans, strategies and management of their implementation. The programme  complements the hitherto, short term, demand – driven training programmes for participants are drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Education. The ATP is, therefore, a more robust opportunity to sharpen the focus of intending participants who are practicing planners and managers.

Functions of Training Department

The functions of the department are as follows:

  1. To provide educational planners with tools, data and knowledge they need to create robust, resilient high quality and accessible education system.
  2. To develop and disseminate tools that makes the latest data on educational planning policy available for use at all level of the education system.
  3. To provide continuous and flexible professional development of practitioners though planning and implementing training programmes directed at equipping and enhancing the competence of serving educational planners and administrators.
  4. To identify current trends in educational policies and document new approaches related to technical and methodological aspect of educational planning and management.
  5. To project and forecast future trends in educational management, practices and their relevance in Nigeria through educational sector diagnosis.
  6. To collaborate, implement and document International Development Programme (IDP) interventions such as UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, DFID etc. on educational development.
  7. To organize and manage programmes of consulting services to the educational system.
  8. To provide support in the preparation, budgeting, implementation and monitoring of Education Sector Plans and programmes.
  9. To nurture relations with existing networks and developing new partnership for educational development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
  10. To create conducive environment for evidence based reforms in education through publication of policy briefs, organization of action research, seminar policy forums and international conferences.
  11. To provide specialized relevant skills for Nigeria and the entire African region like training, consultancy services and information dissemination.
  12. To develop relevant programmes for the improvement of the national and international educational system.
  13. To provide institutional support to student management/planners towards effective education service delivery through the provision of practical support system (practicum) from NIEPA to undergraduates and post graduate students of Educational Management all over Nigeria tertiary institutions.
  14. To provide capacity development of planners and managers for the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as emerging issues.

Structure and Units in the Department:

The department has three units aimed at optimizing educational output. These units are headed by academic staff who report to the Head of Department. These structures enhance efficiency and productivity as they seek to actualize the department’s goals under the leadership of the Head of Department.

The department also has a senior administrator (Faculty Officer) who represents the Registrar in the department and works closely with the Head of department. He is charged with the responsibility of directing, coordinating, controlling, planning and supervising the work of all non-academic staff in the department. The units are

  1. Policy and Planning Unit
  2. Special Projects Unit
  3. Quality Assurance and Administration Unit
  4. Faculty Office