Module A5: Data Flow and Information Dissemination

2. Need for education data and information flow

As information technologies improve and broadcast media becomes more prevalent, the general public have more and more access to information about the functioning of the education system in their country. Major media channels these days regularly provide coverage about education, and people discuss it in daily conversations. The general public are keenly interested to know what is happening in the education sector. The public want to know how present and future generations of children and youth can benefit from educational opportunities. They also want to know how people of all ages, and from all walks of life, can continue to learn.

Processes of democratization, including those within the education administration, call for greater transparency and professionals are becoming more and more aware of their need to improve the collection and dissemination of information. The traditional predominantly vertical flow of data from the schools to the upper levels of the education administration is changing into two-way information flows up and down the education administrative hierarchy and horizontally with the general public.

In this environment, education professionals from the Minister of education through to school managers need to spend more time communicating with stakeholders in order to gain their under- standing, participation and support.

One of the key aims of education for All is to develop new ideas and innovations that will allow learning to become part of everybody’s everyday lives, and throughout their lives. To achieve this, the education sector is communicating more and more with the global society to seek inspiration and know how. Networking among schools and educational institutions is expanding to allow education professionals to exchange experience and expertise, to support mutual learning, and to cooperate with each other.

with growing demand for more information of better quality, people are turning their attention to finding ways and means of improving and increasing the flow and dissemination of data, indicators and information about education. At the same time, as can be seen in Modules A1 to A4, new data are also being recorded, collected and analysed. This trend is expected to continue into the future. education professionals at all levels must therefore upgrade their knowledge, skills and attitude in the dissemination and use of information as this will improve cooperation and collaboration. in this module, we will discuss how such data flow and information dissemination can be strengthened and implemented throughout the education system.

Activity 1

Review and discuss the above statements with school managers, district and provincial education officers and Ministry of Education staff. Then, answer the following questions:

  1. Have the stakeholders and general public become more interested in knowing about what is happening in education? if yes, to what extent has their interest increased? if no, why not?
  2. Do you think the national education system has become more transparent and accountable?
    if yes, what makes you say that? if no, what can be done to make it more transparent and accountable?
  3. How can an education professional improve dialogues with stakeholders?
  4. What do you think should be done to further improve networking among schools and education institutions?

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