26.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Improving the production of quality data in Togo

The education authorities of Togo have requested the assistance of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to improve the collection and production of reliable data in the country. This is part of the country's efforts to achieve the National Education Sector Plan.

Four representatives from the three ministries dealing with education in Togo are attending a workshop this week (23-27 July 2012) at UNESCO Dakar in Senegal.

The aim is to review existing practices and produce an action plan outlining the resources and training needed to put in place an education management and information system (EMIS) that will cover the whole process from gathering to the analysis of data.

Sound policy making

"We will assist the Togolese authorities in analysing what they need to collect at the various levels of education to inform education policies." says Marc Bernal, UIS regional advisor for Africa, based at UNESCO Dakar. "Good data facilitates sound policy planning in education," he adds.

Today, Togo faces several challenges that are impacting data quality. The level of response to questionnaires is low, in particular from private schools, the number of declared students doesn't always match realities, birth certificates do not always exists to determine the age of children, routine data controls are not systematized, etc.

Marc Bernal notes that UIS will make available the tools and expertise that the Institute has developed to accompany national EMIS processes.

Sustainable solutions

UIS is currently assisting several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. "It's important to create sustainable solution, for example by including the training and capacity building needed to get an EMIS project off the ground and make the country autonomous in using and maintaining it," Marc Bernal adds.

In this process, UIS will provide scientific orientation and facilitate the development of country ownership.

The mission has been made possible thanks to financial support from the French Development Agency (through the Education for All Togo (EPTT) project).

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