Agile Selected by Uganda Ministry of Education to commence implementation of school mapping program in over 4,000 education institutions
The Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports approved the selection of Agile Learning to manage and implement the official collection of GPS coordinates and integration of the coordinates into the integrated EMIS and DEMIS solutions. The collection of these coordinates will be done using Agile’s SEMIS-Lite Mobile solution, a solution using mobile phones for data collection and accessing reports using Mobile Technologies. The coordinates and core data will be linked into the Agile’s EMIS and DEMIS applications that are used at the national level in Uganda and in each of the nation’s district and municipal education offices. The project will be executed commencing with all education institutions in KCCA and Wakiso Districts. This program is funded through the support of the Uganda APL1 program, by the World Bank.
Agile EMIS and SEMIS (School EMIS) offered on the Cloud
Agile Learning offers its Integrated and Decentralized Agile EMIS-GIS solution in the Cloud. Effectively immediately, Agile will offer a version of its EMIS solution in the Cloud to provide the benefits the Cloud offers to clients. Agile’s solution will initially be hosted on Cloud platform offered by Microsoft.
Mtwara (Tanzania) Regional Education Head Office commences usage of the Agile Regional EMIS
Agile Learning completed the installation of the Regional Education Management Information System (Agile REMIS) in Mtwara, Tanzania. The Regional EMIS provides aggregated and disaggregated reports to support region’s management in planning and monitoring and evaluation of education programs in all schools in the 6 Districts in the Mtwara region. Additionally the Regional EMIS can send data to the National EMIS solution installed at Tanzania Ministry of Education and Vocational Training Head-Quarters in Dar es Salaam.
H.T. Kipenya, Mtwara Regional Administrative Secretary wrote, “On behalf of the Regional Secretariat, I thank AGILE for their contribution in taking part in improving education in the region. The REMIS will support us not only in real-time monitoring, planning and evaluation, but also the basis for improving the overall quality of education delivery in the Region. From our initial training at the Regional Office, we see the large number of reports in the REMIS provides us with a lot of information and indicators we have never had before on all schools in our region, including information on individual students and teachers. We appreciate the ability for schools to send us the data directly from their [Agile] School EMIS and our ability to send information to the Ministry’s Offices.”
Agile Completes Implementation of EMIS II program for Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports, all Ministry Affiliate Organizations and District and Municipal Education Offices
The Uganda Ministry of Education and Sports and Agile Learning completed the EMIS II program at the end of April 2014. As Prime Contractor for the EMIS II program, Agile was responsible for working with the Ministry in this national program, implementing Agile’s EMIS-GIS solution at the Ministry of Education and Ministry Affiliate Offices, as well as implementing Agile’s District Education Management Information System (DEMIS) in all of the nation’s 139 district and municipal education offices. The program included (i) installation of the Agile EMIS in MOES, MOES Affiliate offices, (ii) installation of the Agile DEMIS in each of the nation’s 139 district education and municipal education offices; (iii) training of the Ministry’s Senior and Middle Management personnel on the usage of EMIS, (iv) and training of senior and middle management officials from all districts and municipalities. The EMIS II program’s objectives were to expand the availability of EMIS and EMIS data from the Statistics office to all Department Offices at the Ministry and Affiliate organizations office, and for the first time, implement the education management information system in all district offices to enable the Ministry and local governments to have access to the same data on an integrated and decentralized basis for improved monitoring, evaluation and planning. One of the results of the program was the expression by Ministry, Affiliate and District personnel for additional localization and the formal inclusion of real-time information in the EMIS process to support evidence-based decision making using real-time data collected and sent directly from Schools.
Agile Learning continues to work with the Ministry on several initiatives. (i) Agile will continue to provide support of its localized software; (ii) The ministry and Agile are also currently reviewing and preparing final reports to the Ministry’s senior management on the pilot of Agile’s real-time school-based technology-enabled solutions (SEMIS, SEMIS Lite and Agile SMS) in over 1000 schools. Agile’s school-based solutions allow for data to be collected and used at the school level to enhance academic performance, teacher evaluation and school management, while critical information is shared at the District and National level for planning, M&E and policy review; and (iii) MOES is considering further expansion of the EMIS including further localization of the EMIS to address the specific needs of each of its stakeholders, and school mapping activities.
Tanzania MOEVT Minister of Education, Deputy Permanent Secretary complete Orientation and Training sessions
Tanzania Minister of Education Shukuru Kawambwa, Deputy Permanent Secretary, participated in an Orientation and training on the EMIS solution localized for the Tanzania Ministry of Education. The Honorable Minister has advocated the implementation of the AgileEMIS as a means of providing information to decentralized education personnel to support the implementation of the nation’s Big Results Now program (BRN), a program established to improve academic performance, teacher development and better resource allocation in the Ministry of Education. Minister Kawambwa expressed strong satisfaction of the EMIS application after the training, and reiterated the long-term need for its implementation in the nation’s schools, Teacher Centers, District, Regions and National offices.
Vijayawada Completes its Pilot of Agile School EMIS in VMC Schools
The Vijayawada Municipality has completed its piloting of the usage of the Agile SEMIS School EMIS in specified schools in its municipality. The Municipality is currently reviewing the next phase program of the program that is expected to link data from all schools to the Municipality’s head office for monitoring, evaluation and planning.
Tanzania MOEVT Planning, ICT and EMIS Personnel Complete Initial Training on Agile EMIS-GIS
In December of 2013, personnel from various Tanzania Ministry of Education departments participated in the initial training on the EMIS-GIS solution localized and installed at the Ministry of Education head office in Dar es Salaam. The post-assessments of those who were trained indicated that the Agile EMIS was user friendly, would assist MOEVT in achieving its BRN objectives, met the goals of MOEVT. Further training will be provided for the initial trainees and other TMOEVT officials including the Minister, Permanent Secretary in the near future.
Agile Chairs Minister of Education Panel Discussion on Management of Education Using ICT at Conference
At the 2013 All-Africa Brains Conference, the president of Agile Learning chaired a panel discussion on Education Sector Management which included the Honorable Minister of Education from Zimbabwe, Deputy Minister of Education from Zambia, Director of Uganda National Curriculum Development Center, the Secretary of Reform for the Botswana Ministry of Education.
Agile Presents Integrated Agile EMIS solution at Microsoft Workshop at eLearning Africa Conference
Microsoft selected Agile Learning to present the integrated Agile EMIS-GIS solutions at its Pre-Conference Workshop, “World Class Skills through Technology for Change and Innovation”, at the eLearning Africa, 8th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training. The conference workshop was held in Windhoek, Namibia. Agile was one of two partners selected by Microsoft to demonstrate its education solutions which “…create real impact by enabling one to transform the learning community for students, staff and teachers and providing creative tools and collaboration technologies along with insight performance reporting – all on a trusted, familiar IT platform that is cost-efficient to manage and secure”.
Agile Integrated EMIS solution selected for initial implementation in Vijayawada Municipality, Andhra Pradesh, India
The Vijayawada Municipality and Agile Learning India have come to an agreement to begin the implementation of Agile’s integrated EMIS solution in its schools and municipality. Agile will install the Agile SEMIS (School EMIS) in selected schools, using the company’s AgileSMS, Agile SEMIS Lite (smartphone) and Agile SEMIS (computer-based) solutions for school management and administration. This is the first phase of a program that is expected to link data from schools to the Municipality’s head office for monitoring, evaluation and planning.
Agile completes training of District Personnel and schools in a 60-District SEMIS Pilot in Uganda
Agile Learning completed the training of the Agile EMIS for the Zanzibar Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT). Level 1 training was completed on the usage of the Agile SEMIS (School EMIS) in selected schools, using the company’s AgileSMS, Agile SEMIS Lite (smartphone) and Agile SEMIS (computer-based) solutions for school management and administration linkage of data into the Agile District Education Management Information System (Agile DEMIS) in each of the 60 districts.
The 60 district pilot was an expansion of the first testing of Agile’s solutions in 20 districts where upon completion of the pilot, all 20 districts requested a rollout of the Agile solutions in all of their schools, representing approximately 6,500 schools.
Agile EMIS implemented at Zanzibar MOEVT
Agile Learning completed the localization of the Agile EMIS for the Zanzibar Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT). Level 1 training was completed the MOEVT’s EMIS division completed the data entry of all of its schools into the Agile EMIS for its initial usage of the Agile EMIS for M&E and planning. The Director of the EMIS division at MOEVT, commented: “The Ministry is happy with the EMIS Development, and the EMIS staff are also happy that the system is now in place and they can all use the system.”
Agile will provide further training to Ministry’s management and capacity building in support of the implementation later in 2013.
Zanzibar MOEVT elects to expand Agile EMIS for all schools and National Examinations MIS
Agile Learning completed the localization of the Agile EMIS for the Zanzibar Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT). Level 1 training was completed and for the first time, the MOEVT’s EMIS division completed the data entry of all of its schools into the Agile EMIS for its initial usage of an EMIS for M&E and planning. The Director of the EMIS Unit at MOEVT, commented: “The Ministry is happy with the EMIS Development, and the EMIS staff are also happy that the system is now in place and they can all use the system.”
Agile will provide further training to Ministry’s management and capacity building in support of the implementation later in 2013.
Agile Successfully Delivers RNEC Web-Based ECMIS solution and Mobile/Web Examinations Notification System
RNEC Executive Director John Rutaisire announced the successful implementation and usage of the RNEC ECMIS system designed and configured by Agile Learning Company. Rutaisire stated, "Agile Learning successfully developed and implemented the SMS/Web Based Exam Results Publication System within a very aggressive timeframe that we established. The system provided our nation’s students (and their stakeholders) with the ability to successfully access national examination results via their cell-phone or the internet. To date, 826,356 requests for examination result have been successfully provided by the SMS-Web-based solution in spite of a combined total of both primary and secondary school levels of only 226,774 candidates in 2008. In addition the Management Information system development by Agile provides excellent analytical and communications tools for the RNEC to be more effective in the critical management of our day to day activities."
Agile Selected for National Schools’ Implementation –
The Rwanda Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and Agile Learning signed a contract today for Agile to develop the School-based EMIS solution for implementation in the nation’s 5,200 schools and universities. The solution is being developed to enable all schools and universities to use ICT to manage better their institutions’ activities, as well as to send critical school information to the Ministry of Education and District offices for monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning and decision making. Agile Learning is also responsible for training the 5,200 schools on the usage of the School-based EMIS solution. Agile is reconfiguring its AgileSAMS Solution for the school-based deployment – the AgileSAMS solution was selected as a Microsoft Best Practice ICT Solution for Governments.
Agile World Bank Selects Agile for Impact Evaluation Consultancy
Agile Learning has been selected via tender to serve as a Consultant to the World Bank for its Impact Evaluation Project in Rwanda. Agile’s work includes working on evaluation of the factors that improve or deter teaching effectiveness in Rwanda. Consultancy activities include student/teacher evaluations, administering examinations, observations, data related activities and reporting.
Agile Learning Selected to Develop National Examinations Council Examinations Registration, Online Results & Management Information System
The Rwanda National Examinations Council has selected Agile Learning to Develop its Management Information System and Online Examinations Registration and Results Publication System. John Rutaisire, Executive Director of RNEC said, “The RNEC has been moving from strength to strength in the direction of realizing VISION 2020, EDPRS, and MDGs’ time is now ripe to address qualitative improvements in the examinations system. RNEC is currently developing a web-based tool to enable it to improve coordination and management of high stakes public examinations processes.” As part of the solution, Agile will develop the functionality which enables RNEC to use SMS technology. “We are installing and configuring the system to enable students to query the RNEC database by SMS text for their results as well as through the web & also to verify their registration status”, the Executive Director said. The ECMIS will be completed by early 2009, “…we go into the East African Community of nations as strong, active and competitive participants.”
Agile Learning Selected by Microsoft as Partner for executing National Education Management Information Systems
Agile Learning Selected as Microsoft Best Practices ICT Solution for Governments.
Mauritius announces at NEPAD Stakeholder Meeting intent to use AgileSAMS and AgileSAMS Central in National Implementation
Rwanda Selects Agile to Develop National Education Management Information System
Mauritius claims Agile SAMS pilot a success
Botswana claims Agile initial implementation as Success
UNDP selects Agile for UNDP High Level Forum
Africa Schools Technology Innovation Centre Opens with Agile as selected Partner
Microsoft selects Agile for Training and use of AgileSAMS for Pilot implementations
Swaziland announces decision to move forward with SAMS National Implementation
UNDP selects Agile for Southern Africa Capacity Initiative,
UNDP and Agile Learning Company have formed a Strategic Partnership to implement Agile’s ICT Solutions – SAMS and SAMS Central – in the Education sector in SACI countries…
UNDP has chosen the AgileSAMS as an ICT solution because it provides governments with the most innovative and comprehensive technology applications that will foster success in our Capacity utilization programs. It will also enhance capacity in education, other key public sectors, and the implementation of Millennium Development Goals via real-time data collection, reporting and evaluation and monitoring for efficient management and strategic planning, for enhanced service delivery.” Dr. Roland Msiska, Director, UNDP Southern Africa Capacity Initiative
AMD selects Agile for NEPAD e-Schools Consortium
Cisco selects Agile for NEPAD e-Schools Consortium
Agile Learning’s SAMS “exceeds expectations” for Western Cape Education Department school management pilot.