The work will focus on two main lines of action: consolidating the functionality of the country’s education information system for planning and strengthening the education quality assessment system.
UNESCO has made significant technical and financial resources available to support the plan in Bolivia, and will be working on two main lines of action: improving the functionality of the Education Information System (through support offered to the Sector Team on Research and Indicators at the Planning Department of the Ministry of Education), and contributing to the strengthening of education quality assessment capacities, in collaboration with the Plurinational Education Quality Observation Group (Observatorio Plurinacional de la Calidad Educativa; OPCE).
The meeting in Bolivia, which is to be organized as a number of cross sector meetings, will be opened by a representative of the Bolivian Ministry of Education, and attended by delegates from the OPCE, the General Department of Planning, the Statistics Unit, and technical personnel working in the Regular Education subsystems: Early Childhood, Primary Education, and Secondary Education, among others. UNESCO delegates will include specialists from the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO Quito personnel, and representatives from the Institute for Statistics, among other specialists and guests.
The key issues that will be addressed at the meetings include the current state of the information system, the need to produce education statistics grounded in international comparative frameworks, regional assessments and statistics such as the Third Regional Comparative and Explanatory Study (developed by the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education, LLECE), and the use of such data in education planning. Major efforts will be made in the analysis of conceptualizations of the idea of quality in education, in a context that includes multiculturalism and bilingualism.
At the World Education Forum held in Dakar, Senegal in 2000, it was stated that “When governments are truly committed to educational outcomes, they recognise the fundamental importance of statistics and the need for credible and independent institutions to produce them”. This is why UNESCO’s concern on the production of education statistics is related to supervision of progress towards the Education for All goals, as well as their strategies in the national, regional and interregional plan.
Latin America has shown significant progress in access to education, but has nonetheless failed to achieve similar progress in improving the quality of its education systems. As this process requires long range processes, UNESCO is also dedicated to improving measurement techniques, as well as the production of statistics and indicators, with the aim of creating new mechanisms for the generation of knowledge on the state of education systems, taking an integrated view of education and addressing it from a rights-based perspective.
• Education Quality Assessment (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago)
• Statistics and Indicators (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago)
• UNESCO Institute for Statistics
• Dakar Framework