CAG Supports Malawi School of Government to Strengthen Curriculum Development and Design Skills

March 11, 2024

Participants engaging in discussion with CAG facilitators and among themselves, on key pointers to develop effective module learning objectives and outline

  • The Chandler Academy of Governance (CAG) recently concluded a two-day workshop on Curriculum Development and Instructional Design for the Malawi School of Government (MSG). The workshop was designed to equip participants with applied knowledge in adult learning principles and instructional design modalities.  

  • The workshop reflects MSG’s commitment to excellence in capacity building, supported by CAG’s long-term partnership. It forms part of an ongoing collaboration between CAG and MSG to co-design and implement a leadership milestone programme for senior leaders, to further strengthen capacity building efforts.

LILONGWE (MALAWI), 11 March 2024
 — The Chandler Academy of Governance (CAG), the training arm of the Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG), recently facilitated a two-day Curriculum Development and Instructional Design workshop for the Malawi School of Government (MSG) in preparation for a Malawi Public Sector Leadership milestone programme which CIG and MSG are jointly developing. The workshop was held from 29 February 2024 to 1 March 2024. It aimed to equip senior MSG staff and other facilitators who will be facilitating at the milestone programme with deep insights into adult learning principles, effective curriculum development techniques and resources to create engaging learning modules tailored to meet the evolving needs of public service leaders. These include topics on public policy design and programme management, contract management and results-based project management in the public service amongst others.

Ms Sin Xin Ping, Deputy Dean (Programmes), CAG (top left) with participants at the Curriculum Development and Instructional Design Workshop for MSG

Led by Ms Sin Xin Ping, Deputy Dean (Programmes), CAG, the workshop convened 14 senior MSG staff and external facilitators. Throughout the workshop, participants actively engaged in refining their module outlines based on constructive feedback sessions and expert guidance provided by other participants and CAG facilitators. Participants were also guided through the process of creating project management schedules to ensure efficient module implementation alongside their corresponding learning activities. Beyond the workshop, CAG will continue to work with the participants to assess and provide feedback on their module development and learning resources.

Professor Asiyati Chiweza, Director-General, MSG (centre right), co-sharing with participants on how to apply some of the knowledge and techniques covered by Ms Sin Xin Ping, Deputy Dean (Programmes), CAG (centre left) into the MSG context
This workshop forms part of a broader, longstanding partnership between CAG and the MSG that first commenced with providing technical support for the MSG’s establishment through a series of stakeholder consultations and international benchmarking workshops. This has since expanded to developing staff capabilities in core areas such as conducting training needs assessment and pedagogical skills for curriculum design and delivery.  

The learning modules that the participants developed during the workshop will eventually form the core set of modules that will be delivered in the milestone programme that CAG and the MSG are developing. These topics were identified through a comprehensive training needs analysis exercise conducted by CAG and MSG to ensure that the leadership programme addresses the learning and development needs of the public service and to foster effective public service leadership and organisational growth.
Mr Lamech Chimphero, Acting Director of Academic Affairs and Research Coordinator, MSG sharing his module outline with other participants and facilitators from CAG
Participants from MSG sharing their brainstorming process and ideas with Ms Sin Xin Ping, Deputy Dean (Programmes) CAG (top left)
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About the Malawi School of Government (MSG)

The Malawi School of Government (MSG) is a statutory board established under the Malawi School of Government Act No33 of 2022 through the merger of the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) and the Staff Development Institute (SDI). With core values of Professionalism, Excellence, Innovation, Collaboration and Inclusivity, the MSG’s mission is to build capacity of the public service and the private sector through training, research, consultancy, and advisory services for enhanced performance. Its mandate is to develop and deliver human resource development programmes and build public and private sector capacity through training, research, consultancy, and advisory services to improve service delivery.

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About the Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG)

The Chandler Institute of Governance (CIG) is an international non-profit organisation, headquartered in Singapore. We believe in a world where citizens have a deep sense of trust in their governments and public institutions, and where nations are governed by principled, wise leaders supported by an effective civil service. Trust and effective governance serve as a strong foundation for national development and prosperity. CIG supports governments in building government talent, leadership and public service capabilities through training programmes, research initiatives and advisory work. We are not affiliated with any national government or political party, and we do not represent any partisan or commercial interests.

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About the Chandler Academy of Governance (CAG)

The Chandler Academy of Governance (CAG) is part of CIG. CAG complements and supports CIG’s work by designing and delivering training programmes that are practitioner-oriented, to equip government leaders with capabilities required to meet the realities and demands of public service work. CAG works with its panel of adjunct trainers and subject matter experts in the design and delivery of these programmes.

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SIN Xin Ping (Ms)
Deputy Dean (Programmes)
Chandler Academy of Governance