EPA 303 - Micro-Planning and School Mapping

24 April 2017 to 5 May 2017
Application deadline: 
17 February 2017
Training location: 
Paris (France)

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: This component discusses the norms, standards and catchment areas and their application to school mapping. It reviews the various strategies for reorganizing the school network in order to improve its cost-effectiveness (2 days)
  5. Use of Geographical Information Systems: This component presents the main characteristics of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). It reviews their possible practical application to the field of school mapping. It allows participants to perform some simple manipulations (2 days) 


No required 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