The first customization workshop of the MICS-Education Analysis for Global Learning and Equity (MICS-EAGLE) was held in Lao PDR joined by the Vice Minister and 58 participants from the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), the Lao Statistics Bureau (LSB), education development partners and UNICEF. Seizing the critical moment of Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the country’s Education Sector Development Plan (ESDP) 2016-2020, the workshop preparation and consultations engaged the government’s MTR focal person, MoES Department of Planning, MoES Statistics Center, LSB Research and Analysis Division, UNICEF CO’s education and Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation colleagues, UNICEF HQ Data and Analytics Section.
The two-day workshop on August 1st and 2nd ran successfully with simultaneous interpretation and Lao translation of the slides and handouts. The participants on the first day gained insights from the presentations by government officials on education indicator gaps, overview of LSIS-II (Lao Social Indicator Survey II, carried out as part of the 6th round of the Global Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys programme) and its recent results, as well as those on SDG4 regional/global comparison and analysis ideas (tabulations, regression, core tables, trend analysis) by UNICEF HQ. Much of the group work and discussions centered around identifying major issues per education level, brainstorming key policy and data questions, creating a data matrix, and clarifying data gaps as well as next steps.
The draft country report will provide answers and insights to questions identified during the workshop as well as draft policy and data recommendations, which will be finalized in the National Policy Workshop planned in coming months. These products and further consultations over policy actions will be incorporated into the ongoing MTR as well as CO programme enhancing system strengthening.
For queries related to the MICS-EAGLE, please contact:
Mr. Suguru Mizunoya (PhD)
Statistics & Monitoring Specialist, Education
Data and Analytics Section
Division of Data, Research and Policy, NYHQ