07.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Apia

Technical Workshop: Education Data and Statistics for Pacific Island Countries, 18-19 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand


As we approach 2015, there is a need to take stock of how Member States have delivered on their commitment to achieving the Education for All (EFA) goals and to critically review the enablers and impediments for their EFA targets.

To this end, Member States are required to conduct a critical review of EFA progress at the national level, taking into account sub-national disparities. Findings of the EFA progress reviews will lead to a better understanding of the issues in providing quality learning for all and the implications for  future education agendas at the country level and in the region.

To support the Pacific Island Countries and Territories as they undertake these critical reviews, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Assessment, Information Systems, Monitoring and Statistics (UIS-AIMS) Unit of the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Apia, convened a technical workshop on education data and statistics for participants from the Pacific Island Countries from 18-19 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. This workshop preceded the Regional Technical Workshop: National EFA 2015 Reviews in Asia-Pacific from 20-22 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.

National education statisticians and education policy analysts from eight Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) participated in the workshop. The main goal of the workshop was to improve country capacity in using education data and statistics reliably and effectively to support the analysis of education progress in national EFA reviews.

The workshop provided technical advice and training to country teams to improve the use of education data and statistics for analysis. It also provided the opportunity for country teams to work closely with UIS-AIMS staff as well as Education/Database Specialist of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to address country-specific issues with the compilation and use of education data and statistics informing national EFA reviews.

For more information, please contact Toshiyuki Matsumoto [t.matsumoto(at)unesco.org] at UNESCO Apia.

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