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Data collection and statistics

Under the EFA framework, member states are obliged to establish national Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) to systematically gather statistical information to assist in education policy and monitoring.  It is important that the data collected is disaggregated to focus on marginalized groups.


However, the government EMIS often does not have precise data on school enrollment and drop out rates due to the exclusion of marginalized children.  Community level Education Management Information Systems (C-EMIS) improve the quality of the national data by collecting data and statistics at the local level.  Community and school involvement are necessary to ensure accurate reporting of the number of children in schools .  


The Assessment, Information Systems, Monitoring and Statistics Unit (AIMS) of UNESCO provides support for the development of member states’ national capacity to gather data and statistics necessary for policy formulation, evaluation, and monitoring.