better data. better schools.
Data in Angola is scarce. The Ministry of Education (MED) does not have a coherent method for tracking student achievement and learning outcomes. The system primarily relies on handwritten records making data sharing, evaluation, and analysis nearly impossible. Educational data and statistics are vital in policy development, but the MED does not have the capacity to collect, evaluate, and utilize these resources. According to the World Bank (2019), a paucity of data is one of the primary factors contributing to the learning crisis in Angola.
Since 2003… RISE has built 195 schools which give over 141,000 kids access to education each year!
With a focus on expansion of our Monitoring & Evaluation component, info is tracked in our database. The timeline shows the number of schools, classrooms, and students per year, including a photo and map of the location.
Better data means better schools.
Project Accomplishments & Findings
In partnership with ExxonMobil and Educate A Child (EAC), RISE began tracking individual out-of-school children (OOSC) in 2017. Monitoring and Evaluation played a vital role in this partnership as EAC required individual enrollment, attendance, and retention data. RISE utilized this as an opportunity to create a more thorough dataset detailing the background of individual students in order to obtain a more complete picture of OOSC as they begin their primary education. Utilizing questionnaires and interviews, we collect personal information about OOSC’s home, family, health, et cetera. All of the data collected is then entered into our database along with attendance and end of year results.
- Enrolled 28,784 OOSC
- 51% are girls
- Schools where more boys enrolled tend to be smaller and more rural
- 68% live in 2-parent household (very close to US rate of 69% in 2016)
- 24% live in households dependent on farming
- 51% have electricity at home
- 13% have indoor plumbing/running water in their home
- 55% live in permanent cement or tile structures
- 44% live in homes of mud block
- 3% live in grass thatch or tin homes; generally in areas known for nomadic lifestyle
- 29% have been to the doctor for a physical/general check-up, though “required” to enroll