Strengthening Educational Governance DHIS2-Driven Capacity Building in Nansana Municipal Council's Primary Government Schools

This abstract has been accepted at the 2024 DHIS2 Annual Conference

Strengthening Educational Governance DHIS2-Driven Capacity Building in Nansana Municipal Council’s Primary Government Schools.

Author: Author: Nakintu Grace: Diploma in secretarial, certificate in Para social work and child protection, a degree in business Administration, Student of Master of Public Health Objective: This abstract highlights the utilization of the District Health Information Software (DHIS2) for educational governance in Nansana Municipal Council, Uganda, focusing on the specific initiative to enhance the capacity of School Management Committees (SMCs) in 49 primary government schools. Methods: Basing on the data from the DHIS2 dashboard, we identified schools with deficient or inactive SMCs within Nansana Municipal Council. Subsequently, targeted capacity-building interventions were designed and implemented to address the identified gaps. The Education Officer in charge of guidance and counseling organized on site training of the SMC’s for the school which had inactive committees and also those that had none. All the 49 government primary schools took part in this capacity building training. Results: The analysis of DHIS2 data revealed a compelling need to protect SMCs in the educational landscape of Nansana Municipal Council. Some schools were found to lack SMCs entirely, while others had inactive committees. The entity responded by implementing capacity-building programs tailored to the specific needs of each school. Results indicate a positive impact, with improved SMC engagement and functionality observed across the targeted schools. Lessons learned: The School Management Committees which were active had a great impact on the school management and administrative issues where by they contributed 40% to the performance of learners and development of the school however the schools that had inactive school management committees had poor performance in class. Conclusion: This study underscores the instrumental role of DHIS2 in identifying and addressing governance gaps within education institutions in Nansana Municipal Council. The successful implementation of capacity-building initiatives highlights the potential for data-driven decision-making to enhance the effectiveness of educational governance structures. These findings contribute valuable insights for education policymakers and practitioners seeking to leverage DHIS2 for targeted interventions in improving school management committees and, by extension, the overall educational quality in similar context.

Primary Author: Grace Nakintu

School Management Committees, Capacity Building