Disaggregating Education Data by Protection Status in National Education Data Systems: UNHCR in Jordan

To date, a limited number of countries that host refugees have either effectively disaggregated basic education data by protection status in national EMIS or produced statistics on higher education for refugees.3 The aim of this document is therefore 1) to showcase how UNHCR and UNESCO have worked with Ministry of Education (MoE) in Jordan to achieve the integration of refugee basic education data and disaggregation by international protection status in the national EMIS; 2) to showcase progress undertaken in the collection of higher education data for refugees; and 3) to encourage national Ministries of Education in contexts of refugee inclusion to disaggregate data in their EMIS by protection status and to collect higher education data for refuges. Jordan’s experience can be useful in highlighting the pathways and facilitating factors that have made both disaggregation by protection status and collection of higher education data on refugees possible. In addition, Jordan’s good practice can offer valuable insights for countries where there is potential to replicate these efforts.

The brief below lays out the rationale for the disaggregation of data by protection status and the need for higher education data on refugees. It then provides a brief overview of the EMIS in Jordan and HIECON, and details the specific steps that were taken in Jordan to ensure that refugees were visible in both systems. The document concludes with a series of lessons learned in both of these processes.

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)



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