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Challenges, Current Initiatives and Strategy – Education and Financial Management

Increase the availability and value of information about school administration for all stakeholders Help Papuan schools prepare for participation in planned provincial and national EMIS and FMIS activities It is essential that initial steps to establish ICTsupported management of education and financial information rely on the simplest possible tools and processes. While the capacity of school leaders and district staff can be built through professional development, supporting resources must deliver immediate and meaningful benefits in terms of time savings and cost savings to users. As these simple solutions are deployed, as informationmanagement practices are mastered, and as school leadership, district staff and communities begin to realize the advantages of increased transparency and accountability, more sophisticated national initiatives can be integrated into school practice. Establishing Simple Information Management. Primary activities in relation to education and financial management at the school, district and provincial level will focus on implementing simple, effective reporting practices that can be computerized. To facilitate this process, the following tools and resources will be developed: Simple, easy-to-use ICT-based reporting tools for schools (such as standardized Excel spreadsheets) Simple, easy-to-use tools for aggregating and managing school reports and information electronically at DIKNAS district (such as Excel reporting tools) Professional-development resources and instructional units addressing information management and the use of the program’s ICT tools at the school, district and provincial levels These tools are intended to support existing information-management processes and information flows. By supporting such processes, these tools and resources will establish a foundation for system-wide reporting and information management. However, to generate value from this foundation, DIKPORA Papua must commit to

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and promote actions that reward transparency, that institute accountability, and that recognize the value of information management at all levels. Establishing a Culture of Information Management. School heads and teachers must derive concrete value from participating in a “culture of information management.” The value of participation can take the form of increased transparency, more efficient management of resources, and inclusion in the process of professionalization of school leadership. One component—a benefit of participation and a result of professionalization—of this process is the increasing availability of information about resource allocations and expenditures. And in general, administrative processes should no longer be seen as a “one-way street,” but as mutually beneficial exchanges, shared activities that are part of the process of educational improvement. In this way, schools and school leaders will begin to develop the habits and skills that are critical to any significant management effort. Incentives—particularly non-financial incentives— will be integrated into the information-management program to increase participation. Although increased accountability is needed, and is identified in this section as an overall goal, the primary reinforcement for increasing participation will be positive and based on real and perceived benefits. Outreach to and inclusion of directors of DIKNAS district and school heads during development and implementation is essential. Using Information Systems. Development of information-management resources for the Papuan education system will address school-level reporting, information aggregation and management at the district level, and existing Database Management Systems (DBMS) and back-office services housed within DIKPORA Papua. Development may involve use of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) products, existing open-source tools and templates, or of newly created forms and templates in a spreadsheet application. Regardless of the cost and sophistication (or simplicity) of the platform, support for customization, training, revisions and updates is essential. During the process of

ICT in Education Strategy and Implementation Plan for Education in Papua

ICT in Education Strategy and Implementation Plan for Education in Papua  

This information and communication technologies (ICT) in education strategy and implementation plan has four goals, to use information and c...

ICT in Education Strategy and Implementation Plan for Education in Papua  

This information and communication technologies (ICT) in education strategy and implementation plan has four goals, to use information and c...

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