Intervention areas of the Cooperative

Éducation internationale works to improve educational systems in developing countries by building the capacities of its international partner institutions. Our interventions aim to support both institutions/schools and educational systems as a whole – ie interventions on a national scale and/or support to ministry(ies). Éducation internationale works in basic education (preschool, primary, secondary and adult education) and technical and vocational training

Through our international activities, we aim to support our partners in identifying the challenges and obstacles they face while being attentive to their needs and priorities, and adapting our approach to support them in addressing obstacles and challenges that lie ahead of them. To favour the involvement and ownership of project objectives by our partners, we use a participatory approach in all our projects. 

Our specialists and expertise

Éducation internationale is a one-stop service provider bringing together the largest pool of education specialists in Quebec.  For our international partners and clients, working with Éducation means benefiting from the expertise and involvement of institutions and not merely the expertise of individual consultants. Indeed, specialists who are assigned to international development projects benefit from the scientific and technical support of their counterparts in Quebec.

School board and college experts who take part in Education internationale’s projects are those who have elaborated training and educational programs in Quebec and who implement them on a daily basis.

In our development projects, we can count on the expertise and resources of the Quebec school board network, which represents 2361 public schools, 187 adult education centers, 193 vocational training centers and 175 000 employees. The school board network administers 170 vocational training programmes divided in 21 sectors:

Administration, commerce and computer technology

Electrotechnology

Mecanical Manufacturing

Agriculture and fisheries

Fashion, leather and textiles

Metallurgical technology

Beauty care

Forestry and pulp and paper

Motorized equipment maintenance

Arts

Food services and tourism

Mining and site operations

Buildings and public works

health services

Social, educational and legal services

Chemistry and biology

Land use planning and environment

Transportation

Communications and documentation

Maintenance mechanics

Woodworking anf furniture making

Éducation internationale’s membership is also composed of a number of institutes and college institutions. Quebec’s college education system consists in 48 public colleges and 21 subsidised private colleges which offer 132 postsecondary technical education programs. In addition, the Cooperative has developed close collaboration with a number of universities. For more information on Quebec’s education system, visit this section of our website.

Éducation internationale has a priviledged relationship with the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur du Québec (MEES). The Ministry officially acknowledges the role and mission of the cooperative by granting it an annual subsidy to cover part of the organization’s base of operations; and by delegating the management of some of the ministry’s programs and responsibilities to the Cooperative. Education internationale’s experts can use the tools, content and methodologies which have been developed by the Quebec education system for its international development activities.

Our expertise:

School Administration

  • Capacity-building in school management and planning;
  • Institutional and organizational audits of educational systems;
  • Support to implementation of educational reform;
  • Evaluation, development and implementation of educational policies;
  • Preparation of strategic plans, action plans and institutional development plans;
  • Support to decentralization and devolution of school administrations;
  • Development of information management systems;
  • Development of mechanisms for participatory management;
  • Career development and training in human, material and financial resource management;
  • Development of information systems and telecommunications tools;
  • Management of a complex network, covering a vast territory and serving low- density school clienteles in remote regions.

Administration scolaire

Educational Methods and Training

  • Assessment of the adequacy of training programs to respond to labor market needs;
  • Socioeconomic studies and preliminary feasibility studies for introducing new courses/curricula/modules;
  • Design and implementation of training programs (basic education, vocational & technical training and adult education);
  • Elaboration of teaching materials and school textbooks;
  • Introduction of information and communication technologies;
  • Training of trainers/teachers;
  • Development of tools to assess learning outcomes;
  • Development of material and tools for distance education;
  • Establishment of institutional structures for the management of distance education;
  • Improvement of access to education for girls;
  • Literacy and non-formal education.

Teaching Strategies and Labour Market Integration

  • Introduction of the competency-based approach (CBA) in basic and vocational education;
  • Analysis of work situation with local employers to identify required competencies;
  • Work-study programs;
  • Youth entrepreneurship;
  • Programs focused on sports and arts;
  • Setting up of centres de formation en entreprise et récupération (education centers offering in-house training and recycling programs)
  • Management and special program design for drop-outs;
  • Integration of training in a community environment;
  • Customized training programs for businesses;
  • Women’s access to the labour market.

International Project Management in Education

  • Feasibility studies and needs analyses;
  • Project development and implementation;
  • Administrative and financial management;
  • Impact assessment studies;
  • Results-based management;
  • Gender equality;
  • Scholarship, internship and exchange program management;
  • Participatory approaches;
  • Capacity-building.