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UNESCO support Myanmar in developing an EMIS Master Plan

Yangon, 13-16 August 2013 – Over forty participants representing the various Ministries involved in education delivery in Myanmar gathered from 13-16 August in Yangon for a national consultative workshop on strengthening the Education Management Information System (EMIS) in Myanmar. The workshop, organized and facilitated by UNESCO in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE), allowed participants to dialogue around current data collection and usage processes as a first step in laying out a blueprint for Myanmar’s future EMIS.



During the workshop, each department in the Ministry of Education as well as a number of other line ministries with education-related responsibilities, such as the Ministry of Border Affairs, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Forestry and the Central Statistics Organization, had the opportunity to present on their current data collection processes. The presentations generated a great deal of questions and discussion from participants, allowing for information-sharing and networking from department-to-department and ministry-to-ministry. “Before this workshop, I didn’t know about all the data collection procedures in the various Ministries,” said Dr. Myat Lwin, Rector of the Myanmar Maritime University, which is under the Ministry of Transport, “so there has been a lot of knowledge sharing and the chance to build relationship between different staffs for better cooperation in the near future.”

The workshop was facilitated by UNESCO Education Specialists U Nyi Nyi Thaung and Mr. Roshan Bajracharya under the auspices of the MoE’s Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR), which UNESCO is supporting as part of the CapEFA programme. The CESR will culminate in the development a costed education sector plan, and according to Daw Tin Tin Shu, CESR Task Manager, establishing an effective EMIS system will be a main aspect of that education plan. “It is very good to see all the Ministries involved with education working together to identify gaps in what we know and don’t know,” she said. “Developing an effective EMIS is absolutely essential for evidence-based decision-making.”

During the workshop, U Nyi Nyi Thaung and Mr. Roshan Bajaracharya presented different approaches that can be taken to EMIS development, stressing the importance of long-term thinking and of working together to get it right. The four day consultation workshop was the first step in the process, which will include, as next steps, the formation of national coordination team, an in-depth diagnostic study on current practices, and the development of an EMIS Master Plan. According to U Nyi Nyi Thaung, “Myanmar is changing and data for decision-making is becoming increasingly important. For this, good systems need to be in place. Now is the time to begin by laying a foundation for that system— with a strong foundation, you can build anything!”