Celebrating the EMIS Policy Launch in Amman, Jordan: A Step Closer to the Independent Operationalisation of OpenEMIS
Seth Davis, Programme Advisor, Community Systems Foundation
Aditya Shankar, Programme Associate, Community Systems Foundation
Image Source: The Ministry of Education launches the policy of the Educational Information Management System
On June 6, 2022 the Ministry of Education, Jordan launched the Education Management Information System (EMIS) Policy; a positive step towards achieving the goals outlined in the 2018-2025 Education Strategic Plan (ESP). According to UNESCO’s Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, Borhene Chakroun, the EMIS Policy was launched in an effort to improve the education delivery system throughout the nation by creating a common platform to collate data to support further analysis and decision-making. (1)
Community Systems Foundation (CSF), in partnership with UNESCO Jordan, has supported the Ministry in the development, deployment and implementation of OpenEMIS over the last eight years. Most recently, CSF has provided assistance to the Ministry through a capacity building approach that ensures Ministry staff and local partners build the skills necessary to independently administer During his speech on the day of the launch, Mr. Chakroun further emphasised how the implementation of EMIS in Jordan “has allowed the MoE to integrate multiple datasets and softwares present in its various departments to create a common digital ecosystem”. Access to such information in a timely manner provides an environment for meaningful data-driven decisions at all levels of the education system.
The EMIS Policy marks an important step for the Ministry in realising the potential of OpenEMIS and carrying out the operational objectives of the ESP. In the coming year, CSF will continue its partnership with UNESCO, providing specialised assistance while implementing an exit strategy that will allow Jordan’s MoE to move towards autonomous operation of OpenEMIS Jordan.
OpenEMIS provides education authorities with systems to collect, manage and use educational data for more effective evidence-based decision-making. According to the UNESCO article, Ministry of Education Launches EMIS Policy, EMIS has approximately 2 million users across Jordan which covers almost 7,400 public schools. (2) As such OpenEMIS is positioned as a key component of the ESP goals for System Strengthening.
CSF congratulates the Ministry on the launch of the EMIS Policy and looks forward to continuing its partnership towards a sustainable system owned and implemented by Ministry officials to aid in making impactful and essential institutional and structural decisions.
(1)UNESCO.(2022, June 6). Ministry of Education Launches EMIS Policy.
(2) UNESCO. (2022, June 6). Ministry of Education Launches EMIS Policy.