Modernizing Data Collection Leads to Bigger Possibilities in Ethiopia’s Education System

In 2015, during the close out of the first round Tsehai Loves Learning –Healthy Whiz Kids project a research was conducted in collaboration with the Blue Butterfly to measure impact of the project. Findings of the research showed that the television episodes of the Tsehai Loves Learning- Healthy Whiz Kids program doubled children’s health knowledge.

With this impressive result and increased stakeholders demand, Whiz Kids Workshop (WKW), with the support from the American People’s Aid, scaled up this innovative approach through health education to children in all 385 primary schools in Addis Ababa and in 21 schools in the Amhara region (all 16 Debre Birhan Primary schools and five schools in Bahir Dar), reaching a total of 158,357 children and their teachers.

To monitor and get timely updates from the project, WKW proposed and developed an innovative software application in collaboration with the Addis Ababa Education Bureau (AAEB). Since the Healthy Whiz Kids materials are integrated with the government social science books, following the AAEB’s monitoring structure was feasible and manageable.

After a series of discussions with the bureau officials, on March 2017, WKW managed to hold a three-day

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Ato Amlaku Tebeje, The Head of curriculum development said “This is not only about one project but also about our country. This is one step forward to digitalize our data analysis system, so we have to also consider the data security and other related issues. However this is a great beginning to look forward.”

workshop for the checklist selection process. Normally, the AAEB uses checklists hailed from eight department’s to monitor the teaching learning process. Thus, to insert the checklists in to the application, the officials integrated the checklists in one document including Tsehai Loves Learning- Healthy Whiz Kids monitoring checklists.

This workshop was not only productive for the WKW but it was also productive for the bureau as well. Ato Biniam, the AAEB plan and budget expert, had to say this:

“As a bureau we suffer a lot during data collection. Some of the reasons are that we don’t get data on time, usually monthly reports take three months to collect and the data collected are not accurate as we find significant differences when we cross check. Because of this, most decisions are affected by inaccurate data. This workshop not only solved the problem the USAID project has, but it also showed the bureau another way to collect accurate and timely data.

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