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Working Group on Education for All

More timely educational data


The Working Group expressed concerns about the need for more timely and better data. "We need to show that quality data saves money and a great deal of heartache," one participant said. A major investment in capacity building of national statistical services will be needed.

Following the discussions, questions for the future include:

How to ensure that international data collection builds on the national data.

Can technology remove some of the costs? Can ARGOS - the satellite system pioneered by WFP for its school feeding programmes be used?

Can systems be shared across countries?

How to simplify and demystify statistics? Progress will have been made when teachers can use data at the school level.

The Working Group proposed developing an EFA statistical strategy that would address these issues.


EFA and Statistics by Denise Lievesley, Director UNESCO Institute for Statistics

La participation comme principe de base by Aide et Action (French only)