In conjunction with the Jordanian Ministry of Education, community leaders discuss logistics regarding EMIS in Jordanian schools ©UNESCO

Technical Assistance to Enhance Accessibility & Use of the Jordanian MoE Education Management Information System (EMIS) for Evidence-based Policy Formulation

The project, ‘Technical assistance to enhance accessibility and use of the Jordanian MoE EMIS for evidence-based policy formulation,’ which is funded by the European Union, has been launched in the framework of the Government of Jordan’s Education Reform for Knowledge Economy (ERfKE II), at the request of the Jordan Ministry of Education (MoE). The Education Management Information System (EMIS) can be defined as a set of formalized operational processes, procedures and cooperative agreements that are enabling the production, management and dissemination of unambiguous educational data and information in a timely and reliable manner to serve the needs of multi-level stakeholders. 

The project builds upon UNESCO’s three-decades of experience and commitment to strengthening national capacities of the Education system through in-country ‘up-stream’ services, technical and capacity support in the field of sector-wide policies and planning and management.

This project is part of a global support programme led by UNESCO entitled “the OpenEMIS Initiative” which encourages country-level capacity development in the area of education strategic planning and management. It aims to help countries upgrade their EMIS through the provision of a generic, royalty free and open source EMIS software.

Through the EMIS project, the UNESCO Amman office, along with its partners, aims to support the Ministry of Education (MoE) in establishing a strong EMIS and a dedicated monitoring system for Syrian refugee schooling in Jordan. This tool will be used to systematically monitor enrollments and attendance of Syrian refugee students in schools and is currently under deployment in the Za’atari refugee camp.

UNESCO and its partners aim to support the Ministry of Education for the purposes of:

  • Ensuring the proactive use of existing education data;
  • Rectifying the current gaps in the country’s EMIS by replacing the old system with a new system fully owned by the Government;
  • Building capacity and transfer of technology in order to enable the Government to update and manage the new EMIS consistently;
  • Leveraging technological mechanisms for education information dissemination (tables, graphs, maps, profiles, dashboards);
  • Providing data analytics training to education planners to ensure that the data collected by EMIS is integrated into all relevant external data sources within Jordan to enable sound decision-making.

The principal is enhancing the provision of education in Jordan by way of improving available education statistical data. On both centralized and decentralized levels, decision making depends upon accurate and disaggregated sub-national data, collected in an organized and efficient manner.

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