Apply now: UNICEF & IIEP-UNESCO Dakar short course on use of MICS data

In brief
  • Objective: Strengthen countries’ capacity in processing, analyzing, and using education household data, with a focus on MICS data, for education policy formulation, planning, and monitoring
  • 4-week training course
  • 30 May – 26 June 2022 ( approx. 6 hours of training per week)
  • Free of charge
  • In English
  • Application deadline: 8 May 2022
UNESCO Dakar short course on use of MICS data

Several countries, a number of them located in Africa, conduct education situation analysis using administrative data. While these data are extremely useful in understanding the functioning of educations systems, they are limited if one wishes to expand the analysis by disaggregating the results. Moreover, countries also need to assess whether there is progress toward the SDG 4 indicators. Household data, and especially MICS data, are useful for these purposes. It is therefore essential that education analysts at the national level strengthen their capacities in data processing, analysis, and interpretation using household data, and especially MICS data, to inform policy discussions and policy making.


UNICEF and IIEP-UNESCO Dakar decided to join forces to design, develop and deliver a MICS-EAGLE (MICS-Education Analysis for Global Learning and Equity) training specifically targeted to African countries. The course curriculum will follow part of the “Manual on MICS data analysis for education indicators” and build on each institution’s experience in working in African countries.

The course will be offered in English.

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the SGD 4 indicators.
  2. Discuss the advantages and limitations of various types of education data (EMIS data, school-based data, household data, etc.) in the calculation of education indicators, in particular those relevant to SDG 4 monitoring.
  3. Interpret education indicators, specifically those relevant for monitoring SDG 4.
  4. Explain what the MICS Data are and are used for.
  5. Explain how some key education indicators, in particular those relevant to SDG 4 monitoring, are calculated using MICS data.
  6. Analyze these education indicators.
  7. Explain how these indicators are useful in informing education policy decisions and policy formulation.

This training is primarily intended for public officials, working at central and decentralized levels of Ministries of Education (MoE) and Ministries of TVET, and National Statistics Offices (NSO), with a priority to those based in Sub-Saharan Africa. The training will also target certain staff from local and international NGOs and Development partners, including staff from UNESCO and UNICEF country offices.

Course Structure

The course will consist of two modules, following a preparatory phase:

  • Preparatory phase (23-29 May 2022)
  • Module 1 - Introduction to basic concepts and definitions (30 May – 05 June 2022)
  • Module 2 - Calculating, analyzing, and utilizing key education indicators using MICS data (06 - 26 June 2022)

Selection procedure

Candidates should fill in the application form as fully and accurately as possible via this link only, by May 8, at midnight (GMT):

Only about 60 applications will be pre-selected. Pre-selected candidates will be required to take a test to demonstrate a minimum proficiency level in calculation and interpretation of education indicators using Excel. From these, only 40 candidates will be selected.

Financial and practical information

The UNICEF & IIEP-UNESCO Short Course on Use of MICS data for education situation analysis and monitoring is free of charge. Any administrative, connectivity and stationery expenses must be met by participants.


Open call for applications: April 11, 2022.

Submission of applications: April 11 to May 8, 2022, online.
Applications should be made using the following link only:
Applications sent by email will not be accepted.

Application window closes: May 8, 2022, at midnight (GMT).

Pre-selection of (60) candidates: May 10, 2022.

Test of proficiency in calculation and interpretation of education indicators
    using Excel:
May 12, 2022

Confirmation of participation (40 selected candidates only):  May 13, 2022.

Deadline for submission of supervisor’s endorsement letter: May 20, 2022

Online course: May 23 – June 26, 2022


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