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DHIS2 for Education Conference and Academy 2024

The University of Oslo and HISP Sri Lanka are pleased to announce the DHIS2 for Education Conference and Academy 2024 scheduled to take place on 6 - 10 May 2024 at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.


About the Academy

The DHIS2 for Education Conference and Academy 2024

Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) poses the need for significant increase in the use of data to guide system level improvement of educational outcomes in learning and for equity. Proper management, analysis and use of educational data is critical for improving learning outcomes and monitoring progress towards attainment of lifelong learning for all.

For close to 30 years, DHIS2, an open-source data management platform, has contributed to improving availability and use of health data in over 80 low, middle income countries. With its flexibility, comprehensive tools and functionalities, DHIS2 offers an opportunity for education managers and policy makers to leverage its use to improve education data management, track and monitor learner progress, identify areas for improvement, and ultimately, drive positive change in the education sector.

The event will allow stakeholders to discover ways to visualize and disseminate national, district and school level education data, and learn how ministries are locally customizing EMIS tools that fit their needs while building in-country capacity to mold and scale EMIS tools and procedures over time.

Join us in Colombo to learn how DHIS2 can be used to support education data management and improved availability and use of data for sector planning, monitoring and resource allocation.

By attending the event you will:

  • Have exposure to best practices from ministries and their implementation approaches
  • Use the DHIS2 Education Toolkit for improved aggregate data management, visualization and use
  • Use the Student-Staff-School EMIS application to collect, manage and use individual level data for students and teachers
  • Better understand how we can collaboratively address data gaps
  • Become acquainted with DHIS2 analytics, visualization and strategies for improving data use at all levels

Format

This event will include a two-day conference and three days of hands-on practical sessions on DHIS2 for Education.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn from country implementation approaches and innovations in education data management and use
  • Form key partnerships for strengthening education management information systems and enhancing data use at all levels of the education system
  • Explore EMIS best practices and cross-sector learning, and reflect on lessons from the 2024 UNESCO Conference on Education Data & Statistics

Through presentations, exercises and real life data use cases, you will be equipped with an understanding of various analytic tools and develop skills in utilization of a variety of methods to promote data use in a timley manner.

Registration fees

The Academy registration fees are: 500 USD

The registration fees include:
- Training materials
- Lunch breaks
- Coffee breaks

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Facilitators

Facilitators and participants will work together on strengthening principles and skills to analyse and visualise education data, identifying tools for data dissemination and allow solution sharing among countries to promote networking and collaboration among DHIS2 implementers across the globe. This Academy will be conducted by DHIS2 experts from the University of Oslo and Regional HISP Groups (HISP Sri Lanka, HISP West and Central Africa, HISP Uganda, HISP Saudigitus)

Pamod Amarakoon

HISP Sri Lanka

Pamod is the Lead and a senior implementer from HISP Sri Lanka. He has been engaged in implementing DHIS2 in several countries of South-East Asia during the last decade. He has years of experience in facilitating several DHIS2 regional and global academies. He supports the Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka in their EMIS implementation and also serves as an expert supporting the global EMIS work coordinated by the University of Oslo.

Alfredo Muchanga

Saudigitus

Alfredo Muchanga is a Software Engineer with extensive experience in the development and implementation of Information Systems. He holds a master's degree in Information Systems and currently serves as the Head of the Systems Development unit at Saudigitus. One of his key responsibilities is to drive the development of innovative solutions to support the implementation of DHIS2 based systems. In recent years, in addition to his involvement in DHIS2 implementation projects in different countries, he has actively participated in the development process of DHIS2 for Education Modules.

Kirti Thakur

University of Oslo

Kirti Thakur is a trainer and implementation expert attached to UiO, supporting country implementation in Asia. She has a background in Medical Science and Health Informatics which has been instrumental in her project engagements, which include information system design and development.

Jerry Aziawa

HISP West & Central Africa

Jerry Aziawa is a DHIS2 Implementer and Director of Implementations at HISP WCA, which also serves as the regional HISP hub for West and Central Africa. In addition to implementing DHIS2 in the West and Central Africa region, he has facilitated DHIS2 academies and specialized training. Since 2019, he has built DHIS2 expertise for education information systems. Jerry has spent over a decade in the health information systems field, supporting primarily Francophone countries since 2012. He was lead on customisation of DHIS2 for EMIS in the Gambia and has played akey role in supporting data intergration between DHIS2 and StatEduc in Togo.

Sophia Kousiakis

University of Oslo

Sophia Kousiakis is a Senior Advisor and EMIS Project Manager at the University of Oslo's HISP Centre. She holds a Master's Degree in International and Comparative Education and has many years of experience working in education in both the development and humanitarian sectors.

Knut Staring

University of Oslo

Knut Staring is a Product Manager at the University of Oslo, working with the DHIS2 for Education portfolio. He has followed the evolution of the DHIS2 platform since its inception, and has supported the implementation of health information systems in a range of countries in Africa and Asia for close to two decades. He also spent two periods working for the World Health Organization in Geneva. Since 2019, he has focused on the use of DHIS2 beyond the health sector.

Hazly Mohammed

HISP Sri Lanka

Hazly Mohammed is an experienced PHP full stack developer, DHIS2 based custom Web App and Android developer with a mixed experience over 5 years and currently attached to HISP Sri Lanka at the capacity of Senior Software Developer. He is currently working closely with HISP Mozambique (Saudigitus) and also he is actively managing and supporting DHIS2 based Web and Android apps for the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka.

Daisy Kusiima

HISP Uganda

Daisy is a Information System Specialist working with HISP Uganda. She has 8 years experience in DHIS2 implementation, where she has supported a number of national DHIS2 implementations and facilitated DHIS2 Trainings. She has vast experience in planning, designing, customization, implementation, monitoring, testing and maintenance of DHIS2 systems. She is passionate about ensuring that data from the systems is used for decision making. She is currently involved in the implementation of DHIS2 for Education in Uganda and eSwatini and leading global work on an Education Metadata Toolkit.

Registration

The Academy registration fees are: 500 USD

The registration fees include: Training materials, Lunch breaks & Coffee breaks.


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Location

Taj Samudra, Colombo

No 25, Galle Face Center Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • Prime Location: Taj Samudra Hotel enjoys a prime location in the heart of Colombo, offering guests convenient access to the city's business districts, cultural attractions, and the beautiful Galle Face Green.
  • Stunning Ocean Views: Experience breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean from our well-appointed rooms and suites, creating a serene and tranquil ambiance for your stay.
  • Luxurious Accommodations: Our hotel boasts a range of elegantly designed rooms and suites, each exuding a blend of contemporary comfort and timeless charm.
  • Exceptional Dining: Indulge in a culinary journey at our diverse restaurants, offering a wide range of international and local cuisines, from seafood delights to authentic Sri Lankan flavors.
  • Relaxation & Wellness: Unwind at the Jiva Spa, take a dip in the pool, or maintain your fitness routine at our well-equipped fitness center.
  • Iconic Heritage: Taj Samudra Hotel boasts a rich heritage and is known for its warm and welcoming hospitality, making every guest feel like royalty.
  • Personalized Service: Our attentive and courteous staff are dedicated to providing personalized service to ensure your stay is comfortable and memorable.
  • Shopping & Entertainment: Enjoy proximity to shopping malls, nightlife, and entertainment options, making it easy to explore the vibrant city of Colombo.
  • Taj InnerCircle Loyalty Program: Join our loyalty program to enjoy exclusive benefits, discounts, and rewards when you stay at Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo.



Accommodation

We are happy to confirm that an exclusive discount rate of 125 USD/day on Single BB basis.

Travel and visas

Airport and Airlines

The largest airport in Sri Lanka is Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
SriLankan Airlines is the national flagship carrier operating to and from Colombo-Bandaranayake International Airport.
The airlines that fly to Colombo are listed here: https://www.airport.lk/flight_info/list_of_airlines.php.
With increased air service to Sri Lanka from Europe, the Middle East and Asia, there are many competitive airfares available.

Invitation letters

The event organisers will issue support letters, if required, only to those delegates who have registered for the academy.

Immigration and visa

Visitors to Sri Lanka from many countries can obtain visa on arrival after obtaining electronic travel authorization at https://eta.gov.lk/slvisa/ where the applications are approved usually within 24 hours.

Airport Pickups:

If you are staying at the venue, you will be able to book your airport transfer by contacting the hotel.

Time zone

UTC +05:030

Climate

The climate is tropical and warm. Mean temperatures range from 17 °C (62.6 °F) in the central highlands, where frost may occur for several days in the winter, to a maximum of 33 °C (91.4 °F) in other low-altitude areas. Check the lastest weather forecast in Colombo on AccuWeather

Currency

Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) - exchange rate as of January 2024: 1 USD = 322LKR

Banking and ATM

ATMs are located in many places (especially at bank branches) in the cities and suburbs, less so in the countryside. You can withdraw from debit cards too (Cirrus, Maestro, Visa Electron etc.) where the logos are displayed. There are coins for 1 rupee, 2 rupees, 5 rupees and 10 rupees. Banknotes ranging from LKR 20 - 5000.
VISA and MASTERCARD are the most widely accepted. JCB and AMERICAN EXPRESS are also accepted in some outlets. Many hotels, commercial centers, shops and restaurants accept credit cards. Check with the cashier before making any purchases. Bear in mind that some places apply a surcharge for credit card purchases. Check the percentage charged before you pay.

Official language

Sinhala and Tamil languages are both Official and National Languages in Sri Lanka while English is widely used.

Electricity

230 - 240 volts, 50Hz AC. Power sockets are of type D and G.

Attractions & Leisure

Colombo, the vibrant capital city of Sri Lanka, is a treasure trove of attractions and leisure activities. Explore the historic charm of the city with visits to landmarks such as the stunning Gangaramaya Temple and the Old Dutch Hospital, which has been transformed into a lively shopping and dining precinct. Stroll along the iconic Galle Face Green, a waterfront promenade perfect for leisurely walks, and take in the stunning sunsets over the Indian Ocean.
For culture enthusiasts, the National Museum and the Independence Memorial Hall offer insights into Sri Lanka's rich heritage. Shoppers can explore the bustling markets of Pettah and Odel Shopping Mall for unique finds and souvenirs.
Colombo's dining scene is a culinary adventure, with a wide array of restaurants serving delectable Sri Lankan cuisine, as well as international dishes. Don't miss the opportunity to savor fresh seafood at seaside eateries.
Additionally, the city boasts a vibrant nightlife, with numerous bars, clubs, and casinos offering entertainment well into the night. Colombo is a city that seamlessly blends tradition with modernity, making it a dynamic and captivating destination for leisure and exploration.
You may visit www.srilanka.travel or tripadvisor for more information.

Practicalities

Laptop: The participants are expected to bring their own funtional laptops and compatible extensions.

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Contact Us

Should you have additional questions about the DHIS2 Academy in , please contact the DHIS2 Academy team at education2024@dhis2.org

Date:

06 - 10 May 2024

Location:

The Taj Samudra Beach Hotel Colombo
590 Marine Drive, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

These Terms & Conditions apply to every person registering as a participant to a DHIS2 Academy.

Academy Registration

Only fully completed registration forms will be considered. After reviewing each registration, the Academy Organisers will send a confirmation/information email. This email will include all the details related to the payment of the registration fees.
Participation is not guaranteed until full payment of the registration fees is received.
Each Academy has a ceiling. If the maximum capacity is reached, the Academy Organisers reserve the right to refuse additional registrations and to close the registration form.

Methods of Payment

Payments should be made in advance, before the Academy starts, by bank transfer or PayPal. Participants who made a late payment (from 3 days before the Academy starts) are invited to bring a copy of their payment slip to the registration desk the first day of the Academy.
All bank fees and money transfer costs must be covered by the transmitter. Any negative balance will be collected on site. Kindly indicate the Academy name and the participant’s full name as a reference on all bank transfers.

Academy Collaterals

The Academy Organisers cannot guarantee that Academy collaterals will be available for late registrations. All materials will be distributed on-site.

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation (sickness, lack of funding or any other personal reasons) must be made in writing by email to the Academy Organisers. The date of the email will be the basis for considering refunds. Please indicate your bank details on your written cancellation. Refunds will be made after the conference.
Registration fees may be refunded as follows (depending on the Organisers' contracts with their vendors):

  • Up to 4 weeks before the Academy: 100% refund
  • From 4 weeks to 7 days before the Academy: 50% refund
  • From 6 days to the Academy: no refund

The Academy Organisers reserve the right to reimburse the participant after deducting costs already incurred for the bank transfers.
No refunds will be granted for unforseen events or early termination of attendance, or any other incidents during the Academy, which are beyond the control of the Academy Organisers.

Cancellation of the Academy

In the event that the Academy cannot be held or is postponed due to events beyond the control of the Academy organisers, the Academy organisers cannot be held liable by participants for any damages, costs such as transportation, accommodation, and other expenses incurred by the participants.
All expenses in relation to the Academy, the registration and the attendance are the sole responsibility of the participants.
Under these circumstances, the Academy Organisers reserve the right to reimburse the participant after deducting costs already incurred for the bank transfers

Insurance

The registration fee does not include insurance. The Academy Organisers do NOT provide any form of insurance and do not take any responsibility for accidents or illnesses that might occur during the DHIS2 Academy and in the course of travel to or from the Academy place. Therefore, each participant is solely responsible for his/her safety, security and health.
Moreover, participants shall be aware of their health insurance policy and take appropriate measures to ensure their coverage for any hazards which might occur when attending the DHIS2 Academy.

Modification of the Programme and Venue Change

The Academy Organisers reserve the right to amend the Academy programme, including making changes to the speakers/facilitators appearing and/or subjects covered. No refunds can be granted in case of cancellation of speakers/facilitators, programme change or any other incidents during the Academy which are beyond the control of the Organisers.
The Academy Organisers reserve the right to move the Conference to a larger or smaller venue, if the level of participant registrations warrants.

Name Badge

The name badge must be worn at all times during the Academy. Access to the venue will not be granted without the DHIS2 Academy name badge.

Invitation Letter

Participants requiring an official invitation letter from the Academy Organisers can request one by email. Participants must first register to the Academy.

Visas

It is the sole responsibility of the participant to take care of his/her visa requirements. Participant who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure.

Data Protection

The Academy Organisers will collect and store datas for the preparation and execution of the Academy.
HISP-UiO performs monthly e-mailings (which include photographs/videos) and/or communications on social media regarding the DHIS2 Academy. If you do not wish to appear in the marketing visuals, please send an email to aliceal@ifi.uio.no.
Email contact details of participants will not be passed on to third parties. Participants may unsubscribe from these mailing campaigns at any time.

Limitation of Liability

The participant agrees to be responsible for all property he or she brings to the Academy venue.

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