06.02.2018 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Senegal Education Accounts: tracking the full range of education expenditure towards SDG4

FLTR: Jordan Naidoo, Director, Education 2030, UNESCO; Firmin Matoko, Assistant Director General, UNESCO; Khady Diop, Secretary General, National Ministry of Education; Alice Albright, CEO, Global Partnership for Education; Sue Grant Lewis, Director, UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning ©UNESCO/L. N-Hailu

As a prelude to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) financing conference that took place on February 1-2, 2018, a series of expert meetings were held including a panel on the experience and results of Senegal's National Education Accounts (NEA), jointly organized by the Government of Senegal and UNESCO Dakar. Opened by the National Ministry of Education, the CEO of GPE, and the Assistant Director General of UNESCO, the event brought together over 200 participants representing all groups of education actors, offering a unique opportunity to discuss sector investment results.

Following initial support from the GPE, UNESCO accompanied the further development and finalization of the NEA in the context of the updating of its education sector plan (PAQUET – 2013-2030), through its capacity development for education programme (CapED) with the technical support of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP).

The NEA tracks and classifies multiple data from key funding sources – public resources, private spending and external funding– into a common framework which allows for better targeting of educational resources, improved policy decisions, and monitoring of progress towards SDG4. NEA is a priority focus for education transformation. As the Education Commission report recommends, all countries should prioritize tracking expenditure from system to school level and publish national education accounts as part of their data infrastructure. Publishing data on how resources are being used enables governments, teachers and communities to help ensure resources reach their intended destinations.

In Senegal the NEA results pointed to an almost even share of education spending between public resources and households in 2016 (approximately 48% each) with the share varying by sub-sector. Development partners’ contributions amounted to approximately 3%. A national conference on education financing will be held in April 2018 to further deepen on the results of the NEA with focused exchanges with different education stakeholders in view of more equitable and efficient education spending.

The NEA were carried out by a national technical team composed of technicians from the four national ministries and agencies covering education and training, as well as from the Ministry of Finance, the Office of the Presidency, the National Statistics and Local and Development Agencies. Existing data collection and analyses tools were strengthened and new ones developed in order to capture all spending on education down to the local government and school levels. The national technical team benefitted from capacity strengthening support from IIEP and has acquired the capacities to continue developing its NEA including at sub-national level.

Press coverage: The event received high media covered including by Afrique le 360, APS, Video Afrique le 360, Video Leuz TV

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