Simply exquisite

On 1 January 2013 by admin

The Ministry of Education, Oman are developing excellence in supervisory and inspection practices across the compulsory education continuum.  

Educational supervision: an international two day conference

Alongside international and local (Prof Tony Townsend from the University of Glasgow) speakers, I too was fortunate enough to be invited by the Ministry of Education, Sultanate of Oman to present a lecture at the Educational Supervision Symposium.  Having engaged in two HMIe inspection visits, I discussed the uniqueness of the Scottish education system, our qualifications framework, the ‘Curriculum for Excellence’, and inspection policies.  Closing the presentation, I briefly outlined some local opportunities and implications of globalization, the advancement of knowledge and technology, local population growth, wealth distribution and educational change.

Further information is available upon request.

 

Business class flights: the desert from a three course meal

 

Meeting

A meeting at the Ministry of Health was also integrated into the visit and here we discussed the education and training of healthcare professionals:

  • Organisational educational governance
  • Facilities to support national knowledge management
  • Leadership and management development
  • Evaluation of programs and services

 

Picturesque Oman

Oman occupies an area of approximately 120,000 sq miles with a population of 3 million (includes approximately 577,000 expatriates).  Exploring the capital city Muscat, I witnessed a blend of luxury shopping malls with traditional markets, which offered a pleasant perspective to the natural gas and oil rich country.  In addition, the pleasant weather, the beautiful rugged natural scenery, the mountainous terrain and untouched beaches were just inspiring.

 

A chauffeured tour of Muscat

A welcoming disposition

I was thoroughly impressed by the genuine hospitality, friendliness and warmth of the Omani people.

Conference documents and pen
Outside the Crowne Plaza.  Pleasant staff and chauffeur.
Working hard - it was a pleasant stay at the Crowne plaza
View from  the Crowne plaza balcony
Crowne plaza
Conference documents and pen
Outside the Crowne Plaza.  Pleasant staff and chauffeur.
Working hard - it was a pleasant stay at the Crowne plaza
View from  the Crowne plaza balcony
Crowne plaza
Conference documents and pen
Outside the Crowne Plaza.  Pleasant staff and chauffeur.
Working hard - it was a pleasant stay at the Crowne plaza
View from  the Crowne plaza balcony
Crowne plaza
Conference documents and pen
Outside the Crowne Plaza.  Pleasant staff and chauffeur.

 

References

A Curriculum for Excellence – Education Scotland (http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/thecurriculum/whatiscurriculumforexcellence/index.asp)

External quality arrangements for Scotland’s Colleges, HM Inspectorate of Education, September 2008 (http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/eqafsc._tcm4-712843.pdf)

Review of Education – Education Scotland (http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/inspectionandreview/index.asp)

 

Copyright

© Nancy El-Farargy, 2013.

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