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Public school and education indicators are now being monitored in Armenia through the Dasaran educational programme using the“E-Stat Diagnostic Tool on Public Education” (eSDT). The development of this analytical tool has been funded by the European Union.

15195986_1167483156638945_366994590041786164_oThe Dasaran programme, over the past 7 years,has aimed to bring positive changes in the educational sector in Armenia. It has had many achievements and was recognised as one of the best 5 innovative enterprises in the final round of Accelerate 2030,a joint international initiative organised by UNDP and Impact Hub in September. One of the project’s most recent steps has been to develop an analytical tool with voluntary support of experts from Harvard University in the USA.

eSDT provides real-time statistical data and comprehensive analysis on the efficiency of school management, enrolment, and student performance. It uses a variety of indicators, including student, parent and teacher distribution by region, age and gender, student performance data (grade average), absence rates, student emigration and transfer rates, comparative analysis of teachers’ workload, teacher/student ratios, and annual respective shift projection. The data gathered identify gaps and challenges in the school education system and offers ideas for solutions.
This new tool was presented by Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia and Levon Mkrtchyan, the Armenian Minister of Education and Science.

15122994_1167493419971252_4357850255779348587_oAmbassador Świtalski noted Dasaran’s contributions to improving education in Armenia: ‘It’s a small project, but for EU it is an important one. Through this project we want to show our continuous commitment to two important areas for Armenia’a future – education and youth. We would like to help Armenia to develop educational models, as the country is facing many challenges as economic and fiscal pressures, which make it difficult to implement ambitions plans. However, we believe in Armenia and the EU will continue to provide support to the educational sector as we have done in the past’.

15123446_1167482716638989_5047164507784176361_oMkrtchyan welcomed European support: ‘This is a unique project. Our cooperation with the EU is concrete, clear, and we are always able to measure the results. I would like to thank the people involved for their hard work on policy development. I hope our cooperation will continue’.