EduTrac Peru

UNICEF Finalist
The EduTrac Peru pilot is an SMS-based data collection initiative to track education data in remote districts of Peru; the data will be used to support information-based decision-making at local, regional, and national levels.
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Year launched: 
2015
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
UNICEF
Primary Topic: 
Education level (ISCED): 

Location Data

State/Province: 
Masisea and Livitaca districts
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Program Description: 

Problem the program addresses: The country-wide 2013 School Performance Census of second grade students (ECE 2013), implemented by the Peruvian Ministry of Education, shows a systemic problem of low learning achievements. Students who attend rural multi-grade schools obtain the lowest results. Teacher and student attendance and receipt of education material were identified as some of the key elements that contribute to the improvement of learning, and were considered important goals of the national program (PELA) "Learning Achievements in Basic Education 2013-2016." 

Monitoring these key elements, by and on educational institutions, is one of the biggest challenges for the education system in Peru. There is a particular lack of information on schools located in geographically remote or inaccessible areas, which limits the ability to report quality data on a regular basis. It is necessary to establish mechanisms that visualize what actually happens in these kinds of educational institutions in order to acquire the information needed for decision making and improving the educational process. 

Description of the solution: In this context, and based on a successful experience by UNICEF Uganda, a pilot project named EduTrac, a mobile-phone based system using rapid SMS technology, has been set up by UNICEF Peru and the Peruvian Ministry of Education to provide a light, quick, and cost-effective data collection method and two-way communication channel for use in the education sector. It is expected that this will make the government's interventions more effective and that it will provide greater accountability to communities. 

School administrators and people who interact closely with schools like parent committees, tutors, and local authorities will provide data on a frequent basis, allowing improved timeliness of data collection for decision making and action. Stakeholders that will interact with the system will provide data, get reports on the data provided, and manage the system. Initially, four indicators will be monitored:

  1. Teacher attendance
  2. Student attendance
  3. Timely delivery of education materials
  4. School infrastructure maintenance

A baseline assessment and evaluation are currently being designed to assess the pilot, which will take place in the remote Peruvian districts of Masisea and Levitaca, in order to test its scalability to other remote areas of the country. The evaluation, which was not part of the EduTrac project in Uganda, is an opportunity to acquire the necessary evidence and learning to scale up to other countries. 

Highlighting Innovation: 
EduTrac is a demand-driven school monitoring system that has traction with its users and stakeholders. Rapid SMS is based on open source tehcnology and is available for customization and use by partners. The pilot also has an integrated M&E component.