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Strong education systems

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Amir Ali, 6, from Herat, Afghanistan, participates in activities at an informal learning center for refugees run by the Apostoli NGO, Athens, Greece
Getting all children in school and learning takes strong education systems that are transparent and responsive to the communities they serve.

Education systems are complex. Making them work requires close attention to the challenges and needs a country faces. It also entails feats of coordination amongst individuals (including teachers, administrators, and other essential staff), infrastructure (including safe, age-appropriate facilities and transportation), and functioning institutions and processes. It needs to be guided by evidence-based policies, with detailed plans and budgets to activate the policies.

Data and accountability
Building stronger education systems starts with accurate information to find out what is working, and what is not.

For education practitioners, information is essential to solve problems, build on good practices, and manage financial and human resources to make sure all children can make long-term gains in learning. Monitoring can help education systems focus on equity – identifying children being left behind and addressing the challenges they face – as well as measuring the quality of schooling, and whether the system is working efficiently.

UNICEF helps strengthen education systems by making more data available. We also support countries in using data to inform policies and more effectively put them into practice.

An education systems also needs to be transparent, so citizens can see how it’s being managed. Parents, students, teachers and other community members need ways to give feedback to decision-makers at all levels– from individual schools to the national level.

UNICEF works closely with governments and partners to make schools accountable to ensure a quality education for all children. We help strengthen local planning and financial management and help develop school improvement plans.

A collaboration with UNESCO IIEP Pôle de Dakar and funded by the Global Partnership for Education and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is bolstering accountability by promoting communication between education systems and the community.



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