“Democracy is a powerof well-oragnized people”, As I and the World are surounded by democraticsystem, I would like to study Educational Policy and Management to become aleader in educational field in order to achieve positive changes in AzerbaijaniEducational Policy, lacking because of not enough real global narratives insocial sciences. Through my work I realized that there are three kinds ofeducation that every human needs to be an educated and experienced person inlife: Formal education – whish is supported by states and compulsary;Non-formal education – organized by Non-governmental organizations outside offormal education institutions, more flexible and oriented on learning-teachingstyle; Informal – more connected to family’s input to bringing up a child.
Thefact that young people participate passively in activities that promotenon-formal education is in my view related to non-acceptance of its methodologyat formal institutions that negatively affects to the personal development ofyoung people. So, I think applying some of the advantages of non-formaleducation methodology and curruculum development would be a very beneficialstep in improving the quality of a complete education system which can becalled lifelong learning program. One of the reasons ofmy involvement to humanitarian field as education policy and management is myability to see, observe and analyse effects of problems to future andwillingness to improve exsisting situation. As social sciences develop humanmorality, I would like to research how humanity is developed through lifelonglearning process and what elements evolve human beings reach highest level ofintelligence and how social sciences play role in this important process ofhuman life. There isnot enough positive cooperation between NGOs and formal institutions, which cancreate an environment for young people to be involved in more trainings andnon-formal activities. I have organized and informed many students fromuniversities and believe that by the help of changes in educational policy,especially in secondary schools and universities, young people will be more actively involvedin finding solutions to social political issues of the country and make moreefforts to be mentors of community development projects. I believe thatintegration of Azerbaijani education system to World’s will be achieved throughcombining all kinds of education programs’ institutions together andcooperating for development of humanity among citizens. One of the steps that Iintent to do would be by integration of non-formal methodology to curriculumsecondary schools and universities which is more interactive way of educatingthough life examples related to reality.
Morever, training of key actors ofeducation of our children and youth would be an essential fulfilment forachiving successful and positive changes. Another aspect of my special interestis the study of what happens to education policy of a country when itintegrates to a new systems or changes as I have described above. I think forthis reason I need to study policy making, political action in education aswell as educational policy. As you can see, that I want to study not onlyreforming educational system, but also consequences to whole country as well asits policy.Also participation ofyoung people in trainings abroad is important for the exchange of ideas andculture that can be promoted and realized among others upon the return of theparticipants.
These kinds of activities stimulate study and let theparticipants be more creative and open-minded. At one of the trainings that Iattended named as “Youth in Decision-making process” in Romania Ilearnt about theories and witnessed application of these theories in real lifecircumstances. After I returned home from the training I thought a lot aboutthis approach and finally decided to organize a similar training in my country.In 23th July – August28th 2008, I organized a project called “Youth inDecision-Making Process”, where trainers were explaining the theories ofdecision-making, invited guest speakers from authorities, Mass Media, NGOs andsome other important people came and spoke about how they are involved to thisprocess and what is offered for young people from each of these institutions tobe main actors. Participants really began thinking deeply after meeting allthese people, and now these participants themselves organizing and coordinatingnew projects including workshops with participation of key stakeholders. Threeof them are in the USApursuing their studies there thorugh FLEX, UGRAD and MUSKIE programs.
This isjust one example how these kinds of trainings affect young people to be activein society and become a responsible citizens. I would like to manage organizingnon-formal activities with formal education institutions through co-management(cooperation among governemental and non-governemnetal institutions).One of my future plansis to establish an Educational Research Center (ERC), which will serve as asingle and correct source of information collected through our research abouteducation in Azerbaijanand abroad. So, I am positive that uponmy return to my country I will be able to start a new strategy of involvementyoung people to non-formal educational activities that will be organized by co-management.I also would like to use the charters recommended by international organizationslike Council of Europe, United Nations and etc. to strengthen the improvingeducational policy for a better future.
Having strong international networkssupport and membership, I am able to integrate the cooperation among formaleducation institutions and international organizations to increaseco-management which will serve to the recognition of non-formal education atformal education institutions. Inconclusion, having considered my experience educating youth, and the existingsituation in my country, I have decided to pursue my master’s degree inEducation Policy and Management in the USA. I feel the need of my study ofEducation Policy, Evaluation, Research and Management in the US universityto be a global narrator in education field to achieve integration ofAzerbaijani education system to the World. By updated knowledge and skillsgained in the USA, I will be able to transform interactiveness of non-formaleducation methodology to formal education to make our Education system not onlythe best but also effectively resulted consequences in reality.
I believe I willbe able to complete successfully my master degree in the USA and contribute tothe democratic and economic development of Azerbaijan.