22.04.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

UNESCO and NFEC build skills to use statistics for improving non-formal education

Successful non-formal education and literacy programmes need people with sound data collection and analysis skills. This is the main message of a four day workshop that starts tomorrow in Dhulikhel under the auspices of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and the Non Formal Education Centre (NFEC).

In the workshop entitled “Data management and monitoring and evaluation of non-formal education”, around 40 practitioners from governmental agencies and civil society organizations will be trained to produce a blueprint for the non-formal education version of the so-callled “Flash Report”, a very successful regular statistical monitoring tool for formal education. The workshop addresses a variety of of issues, including non-formal education data collection and analysis, the use of the data in planning, programming, and monitoring and evaluation.

For many years, the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu has been providing technical assistance to the NFEC in support of the Education for All movement in Nepal. In particular, non-formal education (NFE) through community based learning, with particular emphasis on gender equality and adult literacy has been strengthened.

A recent assessment of the capacity of the NFE sub-sector identified a number of gaps in the institutional capacities, in particular as regards a lack of capacity to reach out to learners in communities and skills in solid methods of data collection and analysis and in monitoring and evaluation.

The workshop is part of the the project "Building Capacities for Strengthening Literacy and Lifelong Learning in Nepal" which UNESCO and the NFEC jointly implement within the framework of UNESCO’s initiative  “Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA)”. The project aims at strengthening capacities of Government of Nepal in building effective information base and effective system to efficiently plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate NFE, literacy, and lifelong learning programmes at local, district and the central level. 

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