Information System for Non-Formal Education Planning: the Case of Amhara National Regional State Education Bureau

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Addis Ababa University


Information is a key resource in any planning activity. Planning in education, particularly in non-formal education is not exception to this fact. Information in the educational environment is needed for operation, control, pi arming, and management decision. The proper organization, processing, and dissemination of Non-Formal Education (NFE) information have been proved important to render effective services for users. Amhara Education Bureau, in addition to the formal school system, has engaged in the collection, processing, and dissemination of NFE information, for examples, information about clienteles enrolment, attendants, dropout, completed, facilitators/instructors and learning centers situations, etc. starting from the grass root level. This study attempts to assess the information requirements of educators on NFE for planning and research activity. It also examines the major problems related to the availability, quality, and accessibility of NFE information, and tried to propose a data base based information system and design a prototype information system for NFE plmmingat Amhara National Regional State Education Bureau. According to the result of the study, NFE information is not easily available, and hence availability is the major problem identified during the survey and analysis of the study. Besides, even if, NFE data/information are available, there is high inconstancies and lack of uniformity among the various reports coming from We red as and Zones education offices. This has contributed to unsystematic organization of information and hinders accessibility of data/information for users. For example, if one needs information about literates illiterates he/she has to look all the sections in the organization. Thus, based on the finding of the survey, a Non-Formal Education Database (NFEDB) has been designed. An Object-oriented approach is used in the design and development of the system. A prototype NFE database has been developed for selected part of the proposed system.



Information Science