15.10.2017 - UNESCO Office for Iraq

UNESCO and Ministry of Education Celebrate Successful Completion of Student Information Management System (SIMS) Pilot Project in Baghdad

The pilot staff of SIMS from MoE with UNESCO office of Iraq.

Baghdad, 12 October 2017 – UNESCO and the Ministry of Education of Iraq marked the successful completion of the piloting of the Student Information Management System (SIMS) at the Resafa 3 General Directorate of Education in Baghdad.   The main objective of the SIMS is to enable a more efficient and decentralized education system in Iraq and to provide Ministry of Education planners and school administrators with timely and accurate information about students, teachers and schools.

Mrs. Louise Haxthausen, Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq remarked, “I commend the project participants on their collective efforts and perseverence during the pilot phase.  UNESCO is working jointly with UNICEF on plans for a national roll out an Education Management Information system, based on the pilot SIMS to benefit all Iraqis for generations to come”.

The pilot phase started in May 2017 and resulted in collecting information and generating education indicators about 31 schools, 251 teachers, and 862 students sampled in the Resafa 3 General Directorate.  During the project, the SIMS was tested and validated to ensure it met the requirements of the various user communities.

“We are thankful to the Resafa 3 staff who have worked hard during this pilot phase which coincided with the end of the academic year and the summer break”, said Mr. Shallal Ismail Noori, Director General of the Education Planning in the Ministry of Education, “Most important, we are looking forward to our continued collaboration with UNESCO and UNICEF to improve and modernize the public education system in Iraq.”

To mark the achivement,  the event was concluded with award presentations to top performing schools, teachers and administrators in the Resafa 3 General Directorate, as well as major individual contributors of the project.

The development and testing of the SIMS is a contribution to the Iraqi Public Sector Modernisation Programme, a joint programme implemented by the United Nations in Iraq.

For more information, please contact: Dhea Subhee, Public Information Officer (d.subhee(at)unesco.org)


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