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Viet Nam improves reporting systems on education financing

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edufinanceHa Noi, 15 September 2014 - Viet Nam is taking part in a global initiative to improve national reporting systems on education financing flows, together with seven other countries, funded by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). This collaborative project seeks to improve the completeness and quality of education finance data available for national policy-making and international reporting in participating countries, and to develop international methods around the framework of National Education Accounts.  

In order to reach these objectives, the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) will offer technical support to a team led by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), and including the General Bureau of Statistics (GSO), the Ministry of Finance, the World Bank and UNICEF, which will collect, compile, and analyse data on public and private expenditures on education over the next 18 months. Planning and capacity building workshops have been conducted in Ha Noi by MOET with support of the UIS and UNESCO Viet Nam.

At the 2nd GPE Replenishment Conference in June 2014, the Government of Viet Nam made commitments to education, including that it will continue allocating at least 20% of the total State Budget for education during the next three years and to mobilize other financial resources for further investment, as well as the commitment to enhance the quality of its education database to ensure sufficiency, accuracy, transparency, and accountability.

The project is supporting the implementation of the government‘s commitments, providing a comprehensive and detailed portrait of education financing in the country and developing methodologies on calculating education expenditures which currently do not exist in a consolidated manner. At the same time, Viet Nam’s efforts in calculating education expenditures will contribute to the development of an international manual which will be used by other countries wanting to undertake this sort of exercise in the future.

The Chair of the Steering Committee, Mr. Pham Manh Hung, Vice Minister of Education and Training, recognized at the meeting the importance and relevance of this initiative. Dr. Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO Representative in Viet Nam reaffirmed continued technical support from UIS and UNESCO Viet Nam to enhance quality and equity of education with strengthened education data and statistical systems.

Elise Legault, Education Finance Specialist at the UIS, noted the commitment of the national technical team and steering committee: “We have just started the work here in Viet Nam, and we already feel a lot of motivation from the national team and from the many partners involved. Education financing is not an easy topic to work on, yet we are confident this project will yield new insights which will contribute to effective policy monitoring and planning in the education sector. ”

For more information please contact: Sun Lei, Education Programme Coordinator, UNESCO Viet Nam at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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