Applying Curriculum managerALE

What do I need to know before applying Curriculum managerALE?

The modules are self-sufficient, and independent from each other and can be used selectively, in an order that suits the learners, except the first one, which provides the basics of lifelong learning, adult learning and education and managerial knowledge, to which the other modules are related or on which they are built upon. The curriculum is structured according to the expected competency outcomes and encourages utilising the participatory approach in implementation.

The modules are interconnected and linked to/supported by modules learned in Curriculum globALE and Curriculum institutionALE. It is not mandated to follow them sequentially from Module 1 to Module 6. However, it is recommended that Module 1 is learned first as it provides fundamentals on adult learning and education, a field in which IALEs operate. It is also possible that a specific module can be singled out and taught to a group of learners who are competent managers except in one small noted area.

Curriculum managerALE step by step

Module 1: Basic knowledge of adult learning and education and lifelong learning

Individuals who have completed this module will have a deep understanding of adult learning and education (ALE) as a part of lifelong learning, and are able to transform this into the design of a variety of programmes and activities of IALE, based on flexible learning approaches and legal documents that support ALE and lifelong learning (structures, authorities, etc.).

Module 2: Needs assessment and strategic planning

Individuals who have completed this module are able to conduct, coordinate, or supervise learners’ needs assessments in the communities they work with and do so in a systematic manner which can be reproduced, making results from different assessments comparable. They are further able to define the strategy and vision for their centre. Finally, they will be able to create and implement strategic plans for periodic goals and long-term goals towards the centre vision.

Module 3: Internal management and leadership skills

Individuals who have completed this module know the legal framework relevant to their IALEs, and are able to manage them effectively, creating inspiring working and learning environments through good practices in human resources, inventory, planning, and reporting, thus becoming more competent leaders.

Module 4: Cooperation and networking

Individuals who have completed this module are able to establish and sustain networks with a diversity of stakeholders for their IALEs operation and development. They are able to cooperate and manage collaboration efficiently. They are also able to communicate plans of programmes and activities to partners, as well as to donors, using marketing skills and others.

Module 5: Financial management

Finance and accounting require profound understanding as well as specialised expertise and are the responsibility of the designated individuals or the department of finance and accounting. It is noteworthy that financial management is country-bound for the majority of IALEs, however, the fundamentals are similar across countries.

Managers of IALEs need the relevant knowledge in order to read and understand financial documents and reports produced by said department. They will also need the knowledge to discuss general financial issues with insiders e.g. the board, the financial unit, and with outsiders, e.g. ministry, tax offices.

Individuals (managers of IALEs) who have completed this module are able to develop and implement effective and efficient budget plans for various types of activities and projects, grasping foreseen profits or losses, and know how to manage funds in line with government and donor policies.

Module 6: Monitoring and Evaluation

Individuals who have completed this module are able to develop and implement effective monitoring and evaluation plans for projects and operations of the IALEs, and inform stakeholders in comprehensible ways of the areas of success as well as of issues that need addressing for the systematic and sustainable development of their IALEs.

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