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EMIS and ICT Supported Planning

October 2015 | UNESCO Bangkok Office


Dear readers,

As education systems across the world have become more complex than ever, the importance of informed and evidence-based policy making is taking center stage nowadays. The value of timely, relevant and transparent data, as well as collecting, processing, and analyzing the many aspects of educational information is innumerable, whether it concerns teacher training, student retention rates, or school infrastructure. In this regard, Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) opens wider horizons for planning policies, monitoring and assessing the performance of the education systems and institutions, and acting on informed decision making.

In light of this, this edition will focus on EMIS and ICT-supported planning.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition!

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Highlights: Using ICT in Policy Planning and Management for Lifelong Learning (by UNESCO Bangkok, Education for Policy Reform/ICT in Education)  
This article provides an overview of EMIS that can be utilized for various purposes, including in the developing country contexts. It provides the strengths of developing and investing in EMIS, while acknowledging the challenges and barriers within education systems. It also provides UNESCO based projects and platforms that support its Member States in this regard. Trends in the Evolution of Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) throughout the Asia-Pacific Region (by James Shoobridge)
This article further explores the potential and use of EMIS within education systems, setting it within the Asia-Pacific context, while analyzing the increase in global investment and regional trends in terms of EMIS development.  

Programmes and Projects: UNESCO Institute for Statistics and ICT in Education Statistics  
This article provides an overview of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and its mandate, its data collection system and efforts for around 90 countries in the world. OpenEMIS: An Open-Sourced Education Management Information Systems (EMIS)
This article features the OpenEMIS initiative, which was developed by UNESCO in response to the growing need for EMIS progress and needs among its Member States, through the strong technical support of the Community Systems Foundation (CSF). Ministry of Education and UNESCO Strategic Plan for the Development of Myanmar EMIS  
This meeting and project reflects the EMIS Strategic Plan, which was developed by UNESCO in close consultation with the MoE of Myanmar, a key programme in the National Education Sector Plan. Learning Enablers for Asia and Pacific (LEAP) programme
UNESCO Bangkok’s regional programme LEAP aims to develop capacity building of the Member States through the utilization of the Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP) platform, which enhances the use of student learning assessment . Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS)
This UNICEF programme aims to support governments in conducting household surveys, the findings of which are used for policy decisions and programme development, as well as shedding light on the current situation of children and women around the world.

News and Events: World Teachers’ Day (5 October 2015, Paris, France)
World Teachers' Day calls for the empowerment of teachers to build sustainable societies. “Empowering teachers, building sustainable societies” is the slogan for this year, reflecting the journey towards Education 2030. UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education 
The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education rewards individuals, institutions, and NGOs for projects and activities that can serve as best practices in ICTs to enhance learning, teaching and educational performance. The theme of the 2015 Prize is “Pedagogical Innovation in the Use of ICT in Teaching and Learning.” Two prizewinners will be designated by UNESCO’s Director-General on the basis of the recommendations of an international jury. Each winner will receive a diploma and a monetary award (USD 25,000). Winners of the 2015 Prize will be announced and awarded during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in early 2016. DEANZ Conference 2016 (17-20 April 2016, the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand)
With the theme of “There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile, and distance education”, the conference will bring together practice and theory in the field of open, distance, flexible, and mobile learning in education to reflect on and discuss the possibilities of this theme. Final deadline for submission: 1 December 2015. The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2016 (June 29-July 3, 2016, Brighton, UK)
This conference invites academics and practitioners to share research and innovations in education, with the theme of “Convergence & Divergence”. 

Resources: OpenEMIS
This is a free platform developed by UNESCO as open source EMIS, which can be easily customized by the Member States and the specific needs of their education systems. This flexible tool allows for its use in various settings in developing countries. The World Bank Data
This World Bank database is designed to make data easily available, according to country, topic, and indicator sections. The Country pages provide data for a single country throughout the years; topic pages focus on indicators for a given topic for all the countries and years; the indicator page provides data for all countries. The data can be downloaded as Excel sheets. Most of the data displayed on the website comes from the DataBank, which collects time series data, and can be used for slicing datasets, customizing queries, and creating charts. PovcalNet: an online analysis tool for global poverty monitoring
This World Bank computational tool and software helps estimate the poverty in the world through the World Bank’s built-in database. It also allows for inclusion of different assumptions and estimates for the calculation of poverty. Child Equity Atlas: Pockets of Social Deprivation in Bangladesh  
The findings of the report highlight the need to target the most underprivileged communities in Bangladesh. The report analyzed the census data to identify social inequalities, and points for potential progress, focusing on out-of-school children. 

New Publications: Teachers in Asia Pacific: Status and Rights
This UNESCO report is a synthesis of research studies conducted in eight countries: Cambodia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan. It examines the current trends and policies affecting teachers’ status, focusing on 10 areas: entry requirements; pre-service training; recruitment and deployment; workload; professional development; salaries; retirement; assessment; unions and school leadership. Transversal Skills in TVET: Policy Implications
This publication focuses on transversal skills in TVET, concentrating on possible policies for the Asia-Pacific region. It looks at various definitions and concepts around these skills and aims to ensure their actual implementation in TVET. Schooling Redesigned: Towards Innovative Learning Systems 
This OECD publication explores the ways of transforming schools through innovation in practice, and how this innovation can take place. Transforming Our World - Aiming for Sustainable Development: Using Independent Evaluation to Transform Aspirations to Achievements   
The World Bank Group paper covers many areas related to the Sustainable Development Goals that have highlighted the importance of multi-sector approaches. As the challenges of the SDGs are complex, the solutions have to be contextualized and include multiple stakeholders. 


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Release of Book "Surrogacy in India: A Law in the Making – Revisited" and a Panel Discussion; at IIC Delhi; on 6th November

Release of Book "Surrogacy in India: A Law in the Making – Revisited"


A Panel Discussion on

"Update on Inter-Country Parental Child Removal Issus"

At India International Centre, New Delhi

On Friday, 6th November 2015, at 5:00 pm


All are welcome. Guests are requested to join for tea at 5:45 pm and dinner at 8:00 pm


RSVP: Anil Malhotra & Ranjit Malhotra, Malhotra & Malhotra Associates.


World Science Forum in Budapest - 4-7 November

UNESCO Media Advisory No.2015-30

World Science Forum in Budapest, Hungary, to highlight the enabling power of science

Paris, 28 November—Hungary will host this year’s World Science Forum, from 4 to 7 November. The Forum has been held every other year since 2003 serving as a platform for exchange between the scientific community and society. The theme of this year event will be “the enabling power of science.”

The World Science Forum will be the first major international science event since the recent adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of new Sustainable Development Goals for 2015-20130. It will seek to highlight the ability of science to improve human lives and the life of our planet.

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development embodies a new vision for humanity, for the planet, for peace, for the next 15 years – science stands at its heart as a force for positive transformation and a development multiplier,” said the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova in her message for this year’s world Science Day for Peace and Development.

János Áder, the President of Hungary, will be among the distinguished roster of some 500 participants, scientists, decision-makers, industry leaders and representatives of civil society who will express their views on the new challenges facing science in the 21st century.

The Forum is hosted by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in partnership with UNESCO, the International Council for Science (ICSU), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The World Academy of Science (TWAS) and the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC).


Information about the programme of the Forum:



Monday, October 26, 2015

CSSP lecture on 28th October "Scientifically ‘Religious’ and Religiously ‘Scientific’: Ethnography of Science and Religion" by Renny Thomas

Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences, JNU

Invites you to a

Talk on


Scientifically 'Religious' and Religiously 'Scientific': Ethnography of Science and Religion



Renny Thomas


Assistant Professor in Sociology and Social Anthropology

Jesus and Mary College (JMC), Delhi University



Venue:  Room No. 227, 2nd Floor, SSS-1

Time:   3:00 P.M.

Date:    Wednesday, 28th October 2015


Abstract: To think of the relation between science and religion in terms of the binaries of 'conflict' and 'complementarity' is both analytically and descriptively inadequate. Using this formulation, the paper attempts to discuss through detailed ethnographic description, the manner in which scientists in a leading Indian scientific research institute defined and practiced religion and atheism(s). Instead of posing science and religion as dichotomous categories the paper demonstrates its easy coexistence within the everyday lives and practices of Indian scientists.

About the Speaker: Renny Thomas is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Jesus and Mary College (JMC), Delhi University. He has submitted his PhD at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, JNU. His PhD project is an ethnographic study of the religious beliefs and practices of scientists in India. His publications include 'Being Religious, Being Scientific: Science, Religion and Atheism in Contemporary India' in Yiftach Fehige (ed.) Science and Religion: East and West (Routledge, forthcoming), 'Science, Religion and Cultural Atheism(s): Ethnography of a Discourse' in Susan Visvanathan (ed.) Institutions, Adaptation and Change: Essays for T. K. Oommen (forthcoming).


All are welcome to attend the lecture.

Coordinators, CSSP Lecture Series