07.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Wanted: good data on education financing

Participants at the UIS workshop in May 2012 © UNESCO/Tine Ismaël

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is working with African countries to set up mechanisms that will ensure the regular production and use of reliable data on the financing of education.

Last week, from 29-31 May 2012, UIS specialists and representative from Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and the Gambia gathered at UNESCO's Regional Office in Dakar to discuss how to sustain these efforts and disseminate more effectively data on education financing in the countries that all have received assistance from UIS.

"Such information is crucial not only at the national level for sound decision-making and education planning but also at the global level to allow for regional and global monitoring and evaluations, « says Marc Bernal, Regional Statistical Advisor for UIS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Analytical framework developed

The analytical framework developed by UIS to support these efforts is based on the education sector review reports produced in recent years by the World Bank and the Pôle de Dakar.

The workshop discussed the following :

  • Institutionalize and sustain the production of better data on the financing of education and regular use of these to inform stakeholders in education nationally, regionally and globally to help the decision making and strategic planning;
  • Produce and publish an annual newsletter on the cost and financing of national education;
  • Submit to UIS of data on education financing required for the monitoring of international goals including those related to education for all.

If you have questions, please contact the UIS specialists: Marc Bernal (m.bernal(a)unesco.org) Mr Olivier Labe (o.labe(a)unesco.org), Pascale Ratovondrahona (p.ratovondrahona(a)unesco.org) or Mr. Ahmedou Ould Voffal Said (s.voffal(a)unesco.org)




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