OpenEMIS Proves Easy to use with Mobile Friendly Version

Open Education Management Information System (OpenEMIS) is a UNESCO initiative that emerged from the need for evidence-based policy and planning in education systems due to growing complexity. With the generous support of the European Union and at the request of the Government of Jordan, UNESCO set out three years ago to provide technical expertise during the restructuring of the country’s EMIS. The system serves as the centralized source of information for planning and monitoring results, particularly on access to formal education; a critical concern of UNESCO’s.

Ahlam Ahmad Al-Namrouti is a physics teacher in Madaba, Jordan. She has been teaching at Madaba First Comprehensive Secondary School for Girls for five years and she lights up when she talks about her job. “I love what I do. I am overjoyed when I see former students coming back to visit and telling me how they are fulfilling their dreams”.

Ahlam says that she uses OpenEMIS because it makes her life easier. “There are many advantages to the EMIS system that the old system did not have. Instead of manually recording attendance and then doing the data entry, with EMIS I can track absences in one click as all students’ names are in the database. There is even a quick multiple choice menu that allows me to enter reasons for such absences”.

In December 2016, the EMIS system launched a mobile friendly version of the web application, in an effort to make the system more user-friendly and accessible, even on the go. This version has been well received among education professionals engaged at the approximately 7,000 schools across the kingdom. “Using the mobile friendly version of EMIS, I can enter marks quickly and efficiently into the system, anywhere and anytime; even from my home”, says Ahlam.

When limited to accessing OpenEMIS through a PC, some user encountered the slow loading of pages. Using the phone to access the system and enter data circumvents this hassle, providing users with faster access and improved flexibility.

Through the UNESCO OpenEMIS project, the Ministry of Education has improved the overall accuracy and reliability of national education statistics. “This system benefits all of us and works to improve the quality of education in Jordan, using better data”, remarks Ahlam who has championed its use in her Madaba school. “You can lose a notebook with all your work, but with the EMIS, data is safe and clearly recorded”.

UNESCO’s comparative advantage is found in supporting Ministries through successful collaboration. Commitments like the restructuring of EMIS represent sustainable interventions that reflect UNESCO’s dedication to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UNESCO Amman office recognizes that education is essential to the realization of all 17 SDGs and is taking a leadership role, coordinating the Education 2030 Agenda along with its partners.

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