31.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Supporting the generation of pertinent statistics that are comparable between countries: the UNESCO Regional Education Statistics Workshop

Workshop participants

Building capacities in education statistics is the task that brings together specialists from 13 countries at the UNESCO Regional Education Statistics Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held from 4 to 8 November, 2013, in Antigua, Guatemala.

The event, organized by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), with the collaboration of the UNESCO office in Guatemala, will feature specialists from Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The national representatives will review issues such as the new International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED 2011) and its impact on UNESCO’s education surveys; possibilities to improve the statistics on technical and vocational education; high education information systems, and education financing statistics.

What is the importance of holding these workshops?

The process whereby countries provide UNESCO with primary data on science and technology, culture, communications, and education is the keystone of generating official statistics that allow comparisons to be drawn between countries in tracking international commitment signed by the countries, such as Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals.

As part of this process, the workshops are geared mainly towards improving the quality of all of the processes associated with producing such international statistics in the field of education, based on joint work by UNESCO specialists and the Member States. These meetings are generally attended by representatives of the education ministries of the countries in the region, who contribute with their knowledge and perspectives so that the tasks are completed taking into account the information requirements needed for planning and policy decision making.

In the words of UIS regional advisor Juan Cruz Perusia, “these workshops take on a role not just as capacity building provided by UNESCO for the countries, but are also true forums for interchange of new developments in the field of official education statistics. The region’s specialists thus join the many others who have participated in UNESCO’s statistics capacity development activities, in different regions of the world, bringing about improvements in all processes of creating and using data around the globe”, he explained.

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