YEREVAN—Inspired by the best global practices in education and the growing opportunities created by modern technologies, the unique educational platform developed by Dasaran since the program’s inception in 2009 has increased transparency in Armenia’s public school system and made education more accessible.
Consistent with its innovative work in educational technology, Dasaran has released a diagnostic tool for public education, which has been developed in cooperation with the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and the European Union.
The tool, named the E-Stat Diagnostic Tool on Public Education (eSDT), was officially presented at Dasaran Educational Center on November 23. Levon Mkrtchyan, RA Minister of Education and Science, H.E. Piotr Antoni Switalski, Ambassador, Head of European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia, H.E. Jerzy Marek Nowakowski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Armenia, Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for the Republic of Armenia, Aram Sukiasyan, Deputy Mayor of Yerevan, and other official guests were in attendance.
The only one of its kind in Armenia, the E-Stat Diagnostic Tool on Public Education is an advanced online statistical-analytical tool that aims to provide comprehensive insights into the school education system and allow for effective monitoring of public schools and education indicators throughout the country.
The diagnostic tool was conceptualized in order to support the Armenian government and key educational policymakers in collecting a more comprehensive and accurate set of data to be used in identifying major gaps and challenges in Armenia’s public education system and making data-driven policy decisions to reform it.
“Dasaran, as a program brought to life by motivated young people, had such a successful launch of its activities that it got the high respect of the world`s leading educational centers. I am grateful to Dasaran for everything it has been doing, and I am full of hope that we`ll expand our cooperation with Dasaran, and that we can succeed first and foremost in the direction of e-learning.
In this sense, we as the Ministry [of Education] have to open up the respective roads for it”, stated Mr. Levon Mkrtchyan, RA Minister of Education and Science, highlighting the important role and functions of the diagnostic tool.
“Thank you to Dasaran for the implementation of this project and for the contribution to the improvement of education in Armenia. It is a very important project for us, for the European Union… Armenia abounds in the talents of the young generation, it is imperative to make use of these talents here in Armenia, and these natural talents can be developed only through investing in education,” underlined Dr. Piotr Antoni Switalski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia.
The eSDT provides real-time statistical data and comparative analysis on school management efficiency, school enrollment, and student performance using various indicators, including student, parent and teacher distribution by region (territorial-administrative units), age and gender distribution, student performance data by average grades and absence rates, student emigration and transfer rates (from regions to Yerevan or from Armenia to foreign countries), comparative analysis of teachers’ workload and teacher/student ratios in class, and the respective shift projection by years.
“Thus, the E-Stat Diagnostic Tool will aid in the diagnosis of the critical conditions, gaps, and challenges in the education system, thereby facilitating the creation of data-driven and targeted strategies to reform the education system in our country. This, in turn, will bring Armenia’s vision of becoming a country that can overcome educational challenges and export a modern educational model closer to reality,” stated Suren Aloyan, Founding President of Dasaran Educational Program, highlighting the importance of the E-Stat Diagnostic Tool.