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NCSI conducts workshop to align education and cultural statistics to global standard

A collaborative four day workshop organized by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) in cooperation with Omani National Commission for Education, Culture and Science and the UNESCO office in Doha kicked-off yesterday morning. The workshop is titled “The International Standard Classification of Statistics for Education and Culture – ISCED 2011” and is being attended by statistical specialists representing the relevant authorities in the government sector. The first two days of the workshop will be devoted to the training and rating of ISCED 2011 and education financing statistics, while the third and fourth day will be devoted for training on culture statistics.

As national education systems vary from country to country in terms of structure and curricular content, it can be difficult to benchmark performance across geographies over time or monitor progress towards national and international goals. In order to understand and properly interpret the inputs, processes and outcomes of education systems from a global perspective, it is vital to ensure that data sets are comparable. This is achieved by applying the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), the standard framework used to categorise and report cross-nationally comparable education statistics.

The ISCED standard is considered as the leading international economic and social classifications by the United Nations and is applied in various education statistics on a global level. The program aims at collecting, classifying and analyzing data comparable between countries. The ISCED standard is a reference to organising educational programs, and related qualifications according to education levels and fields. It is a result of an international agreement between the member states of UNESCO.

“ISCED” is designed to serve as a framework for the classification of educational activities as defined in the programs as well as qualifications gained in the categories agreed internationally. The workshop being conducted by NCSI will enable statisticians who are part of education organisations apply the program methodology and convert the national education statistics, which are collated on a national level, into a unified comparable data set, allowing the international comparison of education outcomes.

Commenting on the workshop, Habib Bin Jaafar acting General Manager for Social Statistics at NCSI noted, “This workshop is important as it trains participants on how to overcome the differences in the national education systems among different countries, which makes it difficult to compare their performance and monitor the evolution towards achieving national and global goals. ISCED facilitates understanding the inputs and results of educational systems and interpret them correctly from a comprehensive perspective to have unified comparable data.”

In terms of culture statistics, the workshop will train participants on the general framework of cultural statistics and related concepts and its structure. The participants will also be trained on how to measure the dimension of the economic and social culture. The workshop will also shed light on the means of implementation of cultural statistics and data sources that rely on it. In addition, jobs generated by the cultural sector and the international classifications used worldwide in the identification of productive activities, goods, services, trade and cultural occupation.

“The workshop will help participants achieve a broader understanding of culture statistics and its concepts and structure, as well as the international classifications used in this field so that the participants can transfer the experience they have gained in the workshop to their work places. This will be positively reflected on the quality of the results and their conformity with their counterparts in other countries” Habib added.