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The IEPA was established in August 1975 based on a joint agreement between the Government of Ghana and UNESCO/UNDP (Number GHA/72/018/E/01/13) with an initial mandate to build and strengthen capacity in educational planning and administration of experts and non-experts and to inform educational policy formulation and implementation through research. The IEPA today is incorporated within the University of Cape Coast as an autonomous Institute that continues to train educational planners, leaders and administrators as well as support sector-wide activities in education in Ghana.

The IEPA has maintained the role of lead institute for developing educational planners, leaders and administrators and providing technical and professional support to Ghana’s education sector and envisage this bring this expertise to the African region. The Institute therefore seeks to become a Centre of Excellence in this endeavor to support systems of education in Member States. The IEPA has a highly qualified staff with expertise in Educational Planning, Administration and Leadership; as well as Policy Analysis, Research and Consultancy, Curriculum Planning and Development.

The uniqueness of the Institute lies in its capacity to translate research into successful practices in educational planning, administration and leadership. In this respect, the Institute employs action research, clinical pedagogy and andragogy through internship, simulation in lecture halls, integration of classroom work and experiential learning, student innovation and creativity expositions (EXPOs) as means of addressing 21st Century education and learning needs. The elevation of IEPA to a Category II status would further boost the Institute’s agenda towards scaling-up short courses and other stakeholder engagements on contemporary issues in education through online platforms. In achieving its objectives, the IEPA under the proposed Category II status, would specifically, engage in research, capacity building as well as support sector-wide policy development and planning in education and thereby promote innovation and development within the sub-region.