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Education

Many OGP governments work to make education information more transparent, to directly engage citizens in improving quality, and to ensure appropriate accountability.

Overview

Globally, 387 million children of primary school age (56 percent) and 230 million adolescents of lower secondary school age (61 percent), do not achieve minimum proficiency levels in reading and math. This learning gap not only limits these children’s opportunity, but also the growth and prosperity of whole countries. 

Education is one of the most popular policy areas within OGP. As of May 2019, 55 OGP members had made nearly 200 commitments on education ranging from transparency in the delivery of school lunches to ensuring the allocation of funds for school repairs. The most popular commitments focus on open education resources, and include IT tools and platforms that make teaching materials publicly available.

OGP members have also strengthened parent-teacher-administrator oversight at the local level to improve school performance and value for money. 

While this progress is encouraging, more inclusive and sustained outcomes require investments that deliver on transparency, accessibility and accountability that ensures responsive systems.  

According to OGP’s 2019 Global Report, two areas where OGP countries can invest more are greater community engagement opportunities and improved local level data systems.


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Recommendations

  • Codify rules and regulations on education to ensure standardization and good service delivery.  Honduras translated its newly overhauled education law into rules and regulations over the course of two action plans. In Spain, the procomun platform now offers open access to all educational materials developed with public funds.
  • Empower students and parents to audit and report on school performance, supplies, and management.  The Kigoma Ujiji Municipal Council regularly publishes data on school funding and expenditures, student and staff numbers, school labor needs, school building infrastructure and test results to help identify and target unequipped and underperforming schools. 
  • Transparently fund schools and apply open contracting and procurement principles to school funding. A civil society organization leveraged the Nigerian government’s international pledges on open contracting to gain access to information and improve procurement processes across primary education services. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, an online platform allows citizens to access information and monitor the development of ongoing education infrastructure projects.
  • Start a dialogue with local leaders, governments, and teachers and administrators. In Mongolia, the government invited parents, teachers, and students to express their concerns and work with local government to improve conditions in school dormitories and classrooms.

Commitments

  1. Starred commitment Improve Provision and Quality of Education and Health Services

    MN0023, 2016, E-Government

  2. Starred commitment Digital Educational Resources

    BR0089, 2016, Capacity Building

  3. Starred commitment Towards a Better Infrastructure in Schools.

    HN0044, 2014, Education

  4. Starred commitment Online State Matura

    AL0009, 2012, E-Government

  5. Starred commitment Implement the Fundamental Law on Education

    HN0032, 2012, Education

  6. Starred commitment Preparing a Digital Reform of the Public Welfare Areas

    DK0026, 2012, E-Government

  7. Campaign Against Youth Drug Use

    LK0028, 2019, Education

  8. Open Official Statistics

    BA0004, 2019, Capacity Building

  9. Open Education Data

    GR0065, 2019, E-Government

  10. Participative Decentralized Development for Preschools

    CI0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Student Participation

    UY0116, 2018, Capacity Building

  12. Indicators of Welfare and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    UY0125, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Civic Electoral Education

    HN0064, 2018, Capacity Building

  14. Women in Public Works Projects

    HN0070, 2018, E-Government

  15. Education Sector Transparency

    HN0075, 2018, Capacity Building

  16. Transparency in Extractive Industries

    HN0078, 2018, Capacity Building

  17. Open Education Data

    CZ0026, 2018, E-Government

  18. InspIS Information System

    CZ0027, 2018, E-Government

  19. Open Data from School Inspector

    CZ0028, 2018, E-Government

  20. Publication of Education Information on Creative Commons

    CZ0029, 2018, E-Government

  21. Participatiory Democracy Capacity-Building

    EE0053, 2018, Capacity Building

  22. School Leavers' Toolkit

    NZ0014, 2018, Capacity Building

  23. Open Contracting Data Standards

    KAD0002, 2018, E-Government

  24. Public Service Data

    ID0094, 2018, E-Government

  25. Open Data - Education

    KG0002, 2018, E-Government

  26. Open Education

    RO0063, 2018, Capacity Building

  27. Participatory Education Budget

    ID0095, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Public Consultation Reform

    ID0100, 2018, Capacity Building

  29. Education

    SAO0009, 2018, E-Government

  30. Educational Transformation.

    PY0042, 2018, Education

  31. Educational Citizen Observatory (OEC)

    PY0043, 2018, E-Government

  32. Educational Transparency Microplanning

    PY0044, 2018, E-Government

  33. Unified Information System for Management of Education

    AM0042, 2018, Capacity Building

  34. Accountability of Districts, Regional and Educational Centers that Receive Decentralized Funds

    DO0048, 2018, E-Government

  35. Access to Information and Open Data

    MD0069, 2018, Capacity Building

  36. Electronic Resources for Education

    UA0084, 2018, E-Government

  37. Implementation of Integrated Programs in Support of Permanence in School and Tools That Enable Educational Community Monitoring Locally.

    GT0088, 2018, Education

  38. Online Verification of Education Certificates

    UA0085, 2018, E-Government

  39. Implementation of Interventions to Improve Infrastructure in School and Alternative Education, with Community Participation in Education Delivery Mechanisms.

    GT0089, 2018, E-Government

  40. Civil Society Monitoring Plan for Education and Higher Education

    AF0009, 2017, Education

  41. Improve the Skills of the Teachers in the Educational Use of Eib Educational Materials in Various Native Languages ​​And Development Relevant for All Levels and Languages, Involving Parents of Indigenous Communities.

    PE0070, 2017, Capacity Building

  42. Design and Implementation, with the Participation of Local Civil Society, a Decentralized Management Model for Diversity with a Territorial Approach That Addresses Various Educational Realities Relevance and Capacity Building in the Use of Statistical Information on the Eib for Improved Decision Territorial Decisions.

    PE0071, 2017, Capacity Building

  43. Web Information Query Degrees and Titles Issued by the Institutes of Higher Education (IES) Nationwide

    PE0072, 2017, E-Government

  44. Promote the Improvement of the Conditions Under Which Specific Educational Services for the Population in Rural Areas (Alternation Secondary, Secondary and Secondary Student Residence with Tutorial) Are Provided Through Partnerships with Civil Society.

    PE0073, 2017, Education

  45. Open Access to Academic Literature

    DE0013, 2017, E-Government

  46. Establish and Operate a Repository of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for Storage, Long-Term Archiving and Access to Educational Resources.

    SK0082, 2017, E-Government

  47. Open Education Resources

    SK0083, 2017, E-Government

  48. Reach Out to Partners Who Have Provided Educational Resources After 2008 to the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic Or to Its Directly Managed OrGanizations, with a Suggestion to Make Educational Resources Available Under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Public License.

    SK0084, 2017, E-Government

  49. Enforce Public Licensing

    SK0085, 2017, Education

  50. Make Educational Resources Available in Local Langage

    SK0086, 2017, Education

  51. Ensure Availability of University Textbooks

    SK0087, 2017, E-Government

  52. Introduce Specific Rules for Open Publication and the Obligation to Provide Free Access of Selected Publicly Funded Publica-Tions

    SK0088, 2017, E-Government

  53. Analyze the Possibility of Applying Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Public License As Standard for Selected Works Mandatorily Published in the Central Registry of Theses and Dissertations.

    SK0089, 2017, E-Government

  54. Awareness-Raising About Open Education Resources

    SK0090, 2017, E-Government

  55. Publish the Outcomes of the Approval Process of Educational Resources on the Web-Site of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

    SK0091, 2017, E-Government

  56. Introduction of Civic Control and Accessibility Mechanisms for Municipal Services

    TBI0005, 2017, Capacity Building

  57. Raise Awareness About Open Access in Academic Community

    SK0098, 2017, Education

  58. Participate in International Coordination on Open Education Reforms

    SK0099, 2017, Education

  59. Technological Platform for Continuous Training of Teachers

    JAL0005, 2017, Capacity Building

  60. Expanded Coverage of Upper Secondary Education Based on Regional Needs and Productive Vocations

    JAL0006, 2017, Education

  61. Use Educational Tools About Participation in Formal Education Using Informal Learn-Ing Methods.

    SK0108, 2017, E-Government

  62. e-Participation Through the National Government Portal

    PH0050, 2017, Citizenship and Immigration

  63. Opening Spaces for Discussion and Training on the Electoral Process in Argentina

    AR0059, 2017, Education

  64. Public Consultation for the Generation of Statistical Data on Education

    AR0060, 2017, Capacity Building

  65. Strengthening the Area of ​​Citizen Participation "Commitment to Education"

    AR0061, 2017, E-Government

  66. Strengthen Care Services Psychopedagogic Cabinets Ministry of Education

    PA0032, 2017, Education

  67. Update the Plan of Civic Education in Schools

    PA0033, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  68. School Open Government

    PA0034, 2017, E-Government

  69. Map of Infrastructure in Schools

    BUE0005, 2017, E-Government

  70. Open Contracting

    NG0002, 2017, Capacity Building

  71. Anti-Corruption Activity Coordination

    NG0009, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  72. Posting Education Sector Data and Receipts of Free Education Fund Online by July 2017

    KIG0003, 2017, E-Government

  73. Strengthening Regional and Youth Participation

    CO0073, 2017, E-Government

  74. Virtual Window of Public Administration

    BF0009, 2017, Capacity Building

  75. Multichannel Platform National Public Offering of Education in Force

    CR0048, 2017, E-Government

  76. Education in Open Government

    ES0042, 2017, Capacity Building

  77. Ensuring Transparency and Impartiality in Teacher Recruitment Policy and Process in Sri Lanka

    LK0004, 2016, Capacity Building

  78. Improvement of Electronic Services

    AZ0038, 2016, Capacity Building

  79. Interconnect Public Five (05) Universities and Two (02) Business Schools.

    CI0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  80. Set up Virtual University of Côte D'Ivoire

    CI0007, 2016, Education

  81. Awareness and Cooperation

    AZ0049, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  82. Access and Reuse of Data from the Education System

    IT0026, 2016, Capacity Building

  83. Information Educational Center.

    HN0053, 2016, E-Government

  84. Firenze Open Data

    IT0028, 2016, Capacity Building

  85. Citizen Participation and Control in Education

    SV0091, 2016, Capacity Building

  86. Network of Digital Animators

    IT0045, 2016, E-Government

  87. Schoolkit: a Strategy to Value Best Practices in Education

    IT0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  88. Monitor the Education Reform “La Buona Scuola”

    IT0047, 2016, Capacity Building

  89. Deployment of SPID to Support Innovation

    IT0052, 2016, E-Government

  90. Becoming Digital Citizens

    IT0056, 2016, Capacity Building

  91. Defining Participatory Democracy and Development of Digital Competence in School Education

    EE0047, 2016, Capacity Building

  92. Data and Statistics for Greek National Exams

    GR0047, 2016, E-Government

  93. Informative Actions on Open Data for Young People in Secondary and Higher Education

    GR0049, 2016, Education

  94. Open Education

    GR0050, 2016, Capacity Building

  95. Public Services at Ministry of Education and Culture

    ID0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  96. Public Information Disclosure Through Ministry of Education and Culture

    ID0064, 2016, E-Government

  97. Public Information Disclosure Through Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education

    ID0065, 2016, E-Government

  98. Public Information Disclosure at Higher Education Institutions

    ID0066, 2016, E-Government

  99. Open Data and Transparency in Education

    RO0044, 2016, Capacity Building

  100. Virtual School Library and Open Educational Resources

    RO0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  101. Greater Public Participation in Disseminating Development Information

    ID0079, 2016, Education

  102. Investment in Education

    PY0032, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  103. Organization Information Disclosure Online

    KR0022, 2016, E-Government

  104. Train Educational Population in Access to Public Information

    GT0064, 2016, Capacity Building

  105. Culture of Transparency

    DO0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  106. Community Policing System

    UA0067, 2016, Education

  107. National Plan and Broadband Connectivity "Digital Nation"

    GT0072, 2016, Capacity Building

  108. Open Data in Education Sector

    MD0064, 2016, E-Government

  109. Actions for Quality Improving the Educational Process

    GT0084, 2016, Capacity Building

  110. Promote and Strengthen the Autonomy of the Consultative Council of Civil Society Set up Under Law 19.122

    UY0062, 2016, Capacity Building

  111. Transparency and Open Data Education

    UY0076, 2016, Capacity Building

  112. Creation of Innovation Ecosystem

    GE0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  113. Formalize Building Maintenance in Schools Full Time: a Participatory Alternative

    UY0077, 2016, Capacity Building

  114. Inclusion and Continuing Education of People with Disabilities

    UY0078, 2016, Capacity Building

  115. Publication of Statistical Information on Socio-Educational Activities for Social Inclusion of Persons Deprived of Liberty

    UY0079, 2016, Capacity Building

  116. Art Education: Dissemination of Educational Proposals and Preparation of a Conceptual Framework for Improving Public Policy

    UY0080, 2016, Capacity Building

  117. Social Monitoring of the National School Feeding Program

    PE0057, 2015, Audits and Controls

  118. Open University

    AR0024, 2015, Capacity Building

  119. Digital Education Resources

    SK0031, 2015, Education

  120. Map Existing Repositories

    SK0032, 2015, Education

  121. Analyze Procurement Process for Education Resources

    SK0033, 2015, E-Government

  122. Textbook Procurement Process

    SK0034, 2015, E-Government

  123. Pilot Procurement Process

    SK0035, 2015, E-Government

  124. Raise Awareness of Education Resources

    SK0036, 2015, Education

  125. Join Multilateral Activities in Europe and Beyond That Support the Creation, Improvement, Sharing and Re-Use of Open Educational Resources.

    SK0037, 2015, Education

  126. Disclosure and Measurement of Teacher Training

    PA0020, 2015, Capacity Building

  127. Support Transparency Law - National Institutions

    CO0028, 2015, Education

  128. Cycles Opening of Information in the Sectors of Education, Health, Environment, Justice and Social Inclusion

    CO0031, 2015, Education

  129. LegalApp: Interaction and Management Services Information Sources for Justice Sector

    CO0037, 2015, E-Government

  130. Technical Assistance to Support and Education Secretariats Country

    CO0038, 2015, Capacity Building

  131. Actions of Dialogue with Citizenship to Strengthen Participation and Accountability

    CO0044, 2015, Capacity Building

  132. Social Map

    CO0048, 2015, E-Government

  133. Online Procedures - Yes Virtual

    CO0052, 2015, E-Government

  134. Comprehensive Technical Education Program

    SV0063, 2014, Capacity Building

  135. Strengthen Ethics and Transparency Issues in the Curriculum for Primary and High School

    SV0066, 2014, Capacity Building

  136. Strategy to Promote Private Investment in the Education System

    SV0071, 2014, Education

  137. Raising Civic Awareness

    LT0010, 2014, Education

  138. Transparency in the Education Sector

    HN0043, 2014, Education

  139. To Make Budget Data (Eight Key Budget Reports), Audit Committee Reports and Tax Exemptions Publicly Available by December 2014.

    TZ0028, 2014, E-Government

  140. To Establish a Contact Centre to Address the Needs of National Scholars (Local and International) of Trinidad and Tobago

    TT0005, 2014, Education

  141. Open Provision of Public Sector Critical Data Sets

    GR0020, 2014, E-Government

  142. Improve Quality of Openness in Education Services

    ID0032, 2014, E-Government

  143. Strategy for Digital Welfare

    DK0043, 2014, E-Government

  144. Ensuring Transparency of the Election of Governing Boards of the RA General Secondary Education Institutions and of the Annual Budget Planning and Expenses of Ra General Secondary Education Institutions

    AM0024, 2014, Education

  145. Affirmative Action for People of African Descent: Transparency and Accountability

    UY0023, 2014, Capacity Building

  146. Monitoring System Education Centers

    DO0031, 2014, E-Government

  147. Improve Computer Literacy Through Implementation of Proposed New Digital Strategy for Schools

    IE0008, 2014, Capacity Building

  148. Strengthen the Institution Responsible for Coordinating the National Plan Open Government

    GT0058, 2014, Capacity Building

  149. Maximise Participation and Understanding of Young People in Civic Life

    IE0022, 2014, Capacity Building

  150. Map of the Education Offered by the National Administration of Public Education

    UY0048, 2014, E-Government

  151. Open Education Resources

    ES0016, 2014, Education

  152. Inclusive Elementary and Secondary Education for Persons with Disabilities

    MK0082, 2014, Education

  153. Civics Curriculum

    SV0038, 2013, Capacity Building

  154. Strengthening of the Office of the Comptroller General (CGU)

    BR0039, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  155. Online Accountability of Resources for Education Within the National Fund for Education Development

    BR0040, 2013, E-Government

  156. Generation of Knowledge and Capacity-Building of Managers and Public Resources Operator’S Partners and of Councilors for Social Control

    BR0041, 2013, Capacity Building

  157. National Program for Strengthening School Councils

    BR0042, 2013, Capacity Building

  158. Dissemination of Information on Anti-Corruption and Integrity

    HU0005, 2013, Capacity Building

  159. The Municipal Sector

    NO0037, 2013, Education

  160. Open Educational Data

    BR0065, 2013, Education

  161. Public School Funding

    ID0014, 2013, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  162. Promote Open Education to Increase Awareness and Engagement

    US0050, 2013, E-Government

  163. Data Higher Education

    MX0054, 2013, Education

  164. Democratization of Grants and Government Support for Education

    MX0056, 2013, E-Government

  165. Schools Connectivity

    ZA0014, 2013, Education

  166. The Regulation on Ethics in Research and Publishing

    AL0010, 2012, Education

  167. Digitalization of Higher Education Accreditation Process

    AL0011, 2012, E-Government

  168. U-Gov System

    AL0012, 2012, E-Government

  169. Increasing the Accessibility of Services Provided to the Public.

    LT0005, 2012, E-Government

  170. Financial Module of All Educational Institutions

    AL0023, 2012, Education

  171. Client Service Charters

    TZ0005, 2012, E-Government

  172. Reports on Tax Exemptions

    TZ0023, 2012, E-Government

  173. App Store for Digital Learning Resources

    DK0025, 2012, E-Government

  174. Higher Quality in Education

    CO0003, 2012, Capacity Building

  175. Tracking Progress of Universities’ Transition to Digital-Only Administrative Communication

    DK0028, 2012, Education

  176. Promoting Public Participation: 1.C. Open Data Portal

    KE0006, 2012, Education

  177. Identification of Low Interest Areas for Business Investments. 2.Publication of Research.

    MK0022, 2012, Education

  178. Scientific and Research Cooperation Through the Internet.

    MK0023, 2012, E-Government

  179. Publication of Information from the State Statistical Office for Further Scientific Purposes.

    MK0024, 2012, Education

  180. Interactive School Development Plan

    BR0024, 2011, E-Government

  181. Control Panel for the Integrated Monitoring and Oversight System (Public Module)

    BR0025, 2011, E-Government

  182. Registry of National Education Prices

    BR0027, 2011, Education

  183. Data.Gov: Foster Communities on Data.Gov

    US0022, 2011, Education

  184. Education Subsidies

    ID0002, 2011, Education

  185. Publish List of Subsidy Beneficiaries

    MX0008, 2011, Education

  186. Presenting the School Budget

    MX0015, 2011, Education


Resources

  1. Education Fact Sheet

    Snapshot of global progress and member-level examples of education reform in OGP

    2019, Document, PDF

  2. CheckMySchool (CMS) Initiative: Open Governance through Stories of Change

    This blog is part of a series on how open government can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The…

    2016, Stories, Web Page

  3. 2017 Global Education Monitoring Report: Accountability in Education

    The thirteenth annual Global Education Monitoring Report came out recently, and it synthesizes the state of the art of accountability…

    2017, Stories, Web Page

  4. 1970, Document,


Commitments