The meeting is part of an approach by the OECS Commission, in collaboration with the United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to strengthen efforts towards improving data administration in education.

Specifically, the purpose of this year’s meeting is to:

• Review the draft study report on Out-of-School–Children;

• Build capacity in the use of the OECS Education Simulation Model;

• Strengthen the region’s administrative data systems and reporting framework

Having already been introduced to the methodology for the Out-of-School–Children Study, participants will now seek to review findings of that study, in order to ensure that the data presented is representative of their national context and to identify possible reasons for data gaps and trends reflected in the report.

In regards to the second purpose, participants will be exposed to an OECS teacher simulation model (OECS-TESiM). The OECS-TESiM allows decision-makers and planners in education to evaluate the effectiveness of various policy decisions related to teacher employment and training. This exercise will assist in ensuring that member states attain full ownership and operation of the OECS teacher simulation model.

Also during this year’s forum, the education statisticians will report and present on national initiatives undertaken during the 2014/15 academic year which were geared towards strengthening data systems. Presentations will highlight lessons learnt, challenges and proposed work plans for the 2015/16 academic year.

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