A new regional technical support facility established at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will assist Pacific Island countries in improving their national Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) and monitoring, leading to better education policies, programmes and resource allocation.
Education data are used by a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including parents and local communities, teachers and principals, Ministries of Education and Finance, and regional and international development partners, who all require high-quality, timely statistics to make informed decisions.
The Strengthening Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) initiative is a new regional technical support facility established within the Statistics for Development Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). This initiative is assisting Pacific Island countries with their national EMIS, and is currently funded by the Australian Government.
Education data are essential for a broad spectrum of stakeholders including Ministries of Education and Finance, teachers and principals, regional and international development partners, and local communities who all require high-quality, timely information to make informed decisions on planning, policy and programme development, and resource allocation.
Over the next three years the EMIS Team will work with UNESCO and UNICEF, international donors, and experts from the field to provide a range of high level support including database development, maintenance of software, data management, data analysis and interpretation, reporting, and human capacity development.
Initial work has included the appraisal of EMIS systems and country capacity, the development of improvement plans, database support, training on key performance indicators and report writing support.