10 years of Planipolis: key education documents and new features

05 September 2017


ASAEL Anthony / hemis.fr

Planipolis, an IIEP-UNESCO portal that provides access to official education plans and policy documents of Member States, now features a fresh new look and enhanced features.

“Planipolis is is a portal of national education plans and policies and key education frameworks and monitoring reports. It provides a single entry point to official education resources for national policy makers, donors and partners.”

Planipolis first launched a decade ago after the 2007 Education for All Global Monitoring Report (now called the Global Education Monitoring Report) lamented the fact that “no international database of key education planning documents exists.” The IIEP Library sought to fill this gap and brought together on one accessible website policy documents and education plans from around the world. Many of these kinds of documents could previously only be consulted in the concerned country and in print only.

Today, Planipolis features some 2300 documents, covering all of UNESCO’s Member States. This achievement is the result of intensive collaboration between IIEP and its vast alumni network as well as with local partners. The IIEP library team also carries out regular monitoring work to ensure that Planipolis is consistently updated with new resources.

To celebrate Planipolis’ ten-year anniversary it has been renovated and offers new features including the ability to:

  • search within the full text of official documents,
  • filter search results by keyword, region, country, document type and date,
  • select and send search results by email and export into Excel.

Planipolis provides a central access point to documents that are essential for the planning and management of education. This project contributes to building the institutional memory of the ministries of education in Member States.

“Over the past decade, we have realized that many government officials lacked access to the type of documents available on Planipolis or were not even aware of their existence. Storing these vital education documents in a stable format helps ensure that education actors are able to access past and present documents on a country’s education system. Providing this type of information can help promote improved planning practices for stronger education systems and can inform the monitoring of progress being made on global education goals,” said Asuncion Valderrama, head of the IIEP Library.  

In 2016, Planipolis had over 1.2 million visitors. 

Visit Planipolis here.