29.12.2010 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

NFE-MIS: Developing planning and monitoring tools for Non-Formal Education in Nepal

NFE-MIS seminar data collection

While Educational Management Information Systems (EMIS) are consistently improving to plan and monitor formal education in the country, there is lack of such systems for Non-Formal Education (NFE).

To fulfil the information gap in the NFE sub-sector, the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, in collaboration with Non Formal Education Centre (NFEC), has initiated the process for developing an operational Non-Formal Educational Management Information System (NFE-MIS) under its CapEFA project in three pilot districts: Rasuwa, Makwanpur and Rupandehi. 

The NFE-MIS development process includes mainly three stages: the pre-planning stage; the planning stage; and the implementation stage. The project has already surpassed the previous two steps: pre-planning; and planning stages and is now in the implementation stage. 

Under the implementation stage, two major activities, data collection and data cleaning, were undertaken. Literacy facilitators and local monitors were involved in data collection activities, while resource people and school supervisors were involved in data cleaning and verification. 

The next steps in NFE-MIS development will be entering and processing data, producing output tables, analyzing data and producing a comprehensive NFE-MIS report. 

It is expected that NFE-MIS will very soon provide reliable, relevant and timely data to policy makers, planners and programme managers for informed decision making and to improve planning, management, coordination and delivery of NFE at national and sub-national levels. 

It further aims to improve the coordination of NFE-programmes among NFE actors by offering a map of NFE provision in the country. 

The information available on NFE opportunities generated by the NFE-MIS will help raise interest and encourage participation in NFE programmes.

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