Sharpen your data skills in crisis-sensitive educational planning

03 February 2021


A classroom at the Acect Primary School in Oyam District, Uganda.

Natural hazards and conflicts can devastate education systems. When faced with multiple risks – such as insecurity and severe weather – the stakes are even higher. Today, many governments, humanitarian, and development partners recognize the need to use evidence-informed risk reduction strategies to address threats head on, to prepare, and secure the right to quality education for all. Yet this requires reliable data – and especially for forcibly displaced persons, who are among the most marginalized in the world. 

Faced with this momentous challenge, IIEP-UNESCO is launching a new online Specialized Course, Using data and information for crisis-sensitive educational planning, in collaboration with NORRAG. During eight weeks, participants will gain the technical skills to use data – from gathering, processing, to analyzing – for planning education in crisis contexts. The course will run from 3 May to 25 June, with a preliminary 10 day phase beginning on 21 April to be acquainted with the virtual platform. The development of this course was made possible thanks to generous financial contributions by the European Union’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (EU-FPI).’

Apply by 5 March

“Strengthening the resilience of education systems is not only about the crises of today. This is a long-term investment, and initiatives put in place today contribute to longer-term improvements and support prevention of future crises.”

Jean Claude Ndabananiye, IIEP course instructor 

Who can apply?

This course, in English, is designed for staff of ministries of education and personnel from humanitarian and development partner organization who are directly involved in educational planning and management. While this course is open to all, space is limited and applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until 5 March. Scholarships are also available for participants nominated by their Ministries of Education from Kenya, Jordan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Guyana and Iraq. A French version of this course will be available at a later date.

Discover IIEP’s other short courses

Using learning assessment data to monitor Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) progress

Apply by 16 April

How can educational planners and policy-makers draw from international and sub-regional learning assessments in the educational planning cycle? How can this help monitor progress of SDG 4? 

In this course, participants will cover key concepts, terms, and indicators associated with monitoring and evaluating the quality of education, evaluate the feasibility of carrying out learning assessments, and develop analytical skills to use data in policy and planning. 

Course dates: 14 June to 6 August 2021 with a preliminary phase beginning on 2 June to be acquainted with the platform.  

“The challenges of today require us to adapt and transform our ways of working. At IIEP-UNESCO, this has meant converting our training offer into a purely digital one for 2021. We are working relentlessly to foster a dynamic learning experience that is hands-on, international, and practical.”  

Jimena Pereyra, IIEP Virtual Campus Coordinator 


Education sector project design

Apply by 6 August

National education sector development plans are generally guided by national priorities and by commitments for implementing SDG 4. The strategic priorities and policies captured in plans are delivered in the form of large programmes or projects with multiple sources and modalities of financing. Whether you work in a ministry of education, with a civil society organization, or a development agency, being able to design such programmes or projects is an instrumental skill.

In this course, the primary aim is to teach education development professionals how to design and present a compelling education project proposal. Participants will be able to analyze the international aid environment, design a project document, and use current approaches for project preparation and monitoring and evaluation, among other skills and competencies. 

Course dates: 4 October to 26 November 2021 with a preliminary phase beginning on 22 September to be acquainted with the platform.