Specialized Courses Programme (SCP)

School Mapping and Micro-Planning

EPA 303

11-22 May 2015

Course objectives

To provide participants with the skills and tools required to apply school mapping techniques to the case of their own country. At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the main concepts and approaches concerned with micro-planning and school mapping;
  • Define the various methodological stages involved in the school mapping process, from the diagnosis to the establishment of the prospective school map;
  • Evaluate and identify alternative strategies for organizing educational provision and their application in accordance with the context of the country considered;
  • Use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for supporting the development of school mapping at each of its stages.


  1. Micro-planning and school mapping: definition, concept and process
    The component explains the concepts of micro-planning and school mapping, their usefulness in the current context and identifies the main stages involved in the process of implementing school mapping. (½ day)
  2. Diagnosing the education system at local level
    The component consists in identifying the main criteria that should be used to select the pilot area in which school mapping will be prepared and calculating and interpreting the main indicators used for diagnosis of the local education system, as regards its coverage as well as its internal efficiency or quality. (2 ½ days)
  3. Projection and simulation methods and techniques
    While this component does not elaborate in detail on these techniques which are considered in other ATP courses, it provides an opportunity to introduce their main features, and demonstrate their helpful contribution to sound decision-making in school mapping. (2 days)
  4. Norms, standards, catchment areas and reorganization of the school network
    The component discusses the norms, standards and catchment areas and their application to school mapping. Supported by GIS, it reviews the various strategies for reorganizing the school network in order to improve its cost-effectiveness. (4 days)
  5. General extension and institutionalization of school mapping
    The component analyses the different stages and resources needed for the general extension of school mapping. It deals also with the issue to predict and respond to the main problems likely to appear during the phase of general extension. (1 day)

No Pre-requisite

Profile of participant:
In addition to the criteria mentioned in the introduction, authorities involved in school mapping at the local or central level; development partners or members of NGO’s involved in the development of education systems at the local level

M. Poisson

Telephone: +33 (0)145 03 77 13/61/62
Email: scp@iiep.unesco.org

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