19.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Capacity-building workshop on data collection on TVET in Mauritania

Two participants from Mauritania, Mouhamed Vall Ould Ahmedou and Ahmed Ould El Haddad. © UNESCO

Four senior data specialists from Mauritania have finalized a 3-week training workshop to learn how to include technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the existing data collection system in Mauritania.

Organized by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the training took place at UNESCO Dakar from 28 May to 15 June 2012.

UIS has supported Mauritania since 2003 through the development of EMIS, an Education Management Information System, as well as technical assistance. So far, the EMIS has covered the sub-sectors of primary and secondary education. The next phase is now to include TVET in the data collection exercise.

“Since 2005 we have sent data collections team to even the most remote areas to get more reliable data. This is a major innovation as we previously sent out questionnaires to school principals that were then handed over to regional inspectors before reaching the Ministry of Education,” says Mouhamed Vall Ould Ahmedou, workshop participant and computer specialist at the Ministry of Education in Mauritania.

Create ownership

The overall objective of the current training was to create ownership by the EMIS team in Mauritania, comprising two education planners and two computer specialists.

Specifically, the training workshop aims to;

  1. build capacity in data query and reporting;
  2. develop the capacity to integrate new elements of data collection in the EMIS system by including the current TVET sub-sector.

The 3-week training workshop is followed by a one-week mission to Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, to ensure sustainability and support to complete the process on site.

Huge challenge

The challenges are many in this desert country of 1 million km2 and with a population of some 3 million people.

“It’s difficult. Many schools are situated in remote and inaccessible areas,  people often do not know the exact age of their children as there are no birth certificate etc.,” says Ahmed Ould El Haddad, computer specialist in the Mauritanien Ministry of Education and participant in the workshop. 

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