The MoE “Noor” project is considered as one of the Kingdom’s most strategic initiatives. It aims at connecting the Ministry of Education and all schools and school districts in the various areas and regions within the Kingdom to a centralized information system and data base. The implemented solution is based on the latest technologies, and solution provides a magnitude of features and e-services, including around 2,700 functionalities designed to serve the various stakeholders including students, teachers, parents, as well as school / districts / and Ministry level administrators and decision makers. The solution aggregates all data from the various sources, and provides real time accurate and comprehensive data and reports that serve the complete education community and facilitates planning, analysis and decision support across the country.
The solution is deployed centrally, serving the entire community of stakeholders through remote access through the Internet, thus providing access anytime anywhere, while special considerations are made to accommodate the few disconnected schools through a specialized offline mode application and clear work procedures to ensure inclusion of such data.
Number of Beneficiaries from this initiative reaches around 10 million including 5.5 million students in over 33,000 schools in addition to their parents, teachers, and school and ministry administrators and staff, analysts, planners and policy makers.
In addition, the initiative involves other entities outside the Ministry of Education realm, including, the e-Government Program Yesser, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Higher Education, colleges and universities to facilitate students admission and registration procedures, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor, among others.
The following are some of the key benefits served by the initiative:
• Increased efficiency and effectiveness in the public education sector.
• Increased transparency and accountability.
• Improved quality of data, due to elimination of data redundancy and reduced human error.
• Streamlined workflow between Ministry and the various related departments, school districts, schools, in addition to stakeholders and entities outside the realm of MoE.
• Improved public services thus achieving higher citizen satisfaction.
• 20 e-services are provided through this initiative to end users including Ministry, districts, schools, parents, students, public entities, Saudi universities and colleges, recruitment companies, among others.
• Ability to achieve better informed decisions and develop plans and policies based on proper and comprehensive live data and statistics.
• Provision of real live educational data to the education community as needed, along with timely feedback, reports and results.
• Reduction of operational costs due to the high level of automation, and due to the centralized deployment of the solution (further elaboration under the impacts below).
The objectives of this initiative are: The provision of a national education solution that can provide real live countrywide data for use in planning, policy making, and decision support.
And the other objective is To provide the various stakeholders in the education committee including students, parents, teachers, administrators, planners and policy makers, etc. across the Kingdom with information and education services relevant to their needs.
Thus the Ministry of Education initiated this initiative for the provision of a national centralized Education Management Information Solution that can help the Ministry achieve its strategic objectives in the most effective manner. As part of the project, a main operations center was created, through which the key ministry administrators responsible for this project can monitor the operations and ensure that all aspects are sustained and under control.
A solution needed to be developed which incorporated which would not only overcome the complicated problems outlined above, but would provide business intelligence on ways to prevent barriers to equal education through diversity in classrooms, recognize any possible biases in decision-making and effectively enable fair and improved quality for students, parents and administrators.
To do this a solution would be flexible enough to create new services or capabilities based on an evolving set of needs by all stakeholders. The MoE “Noor” Project was conceived and is now one of the Kingdom’s most strategic initiatives in education in public and private schools.
It aims at connecting the Ministry of Education, all schools, and school directorates within the Kingdom to a centralized information system and data base. The implemented solution is based on the latest education technologies. It provides features for all stakeholders involved in the educational processes. E-services with 2,700 functionalities are designed to serve the stakeholders including students, teachers, parents, as well as school districts and Ministry level administrators to enable sophisticated decision-making designed to bring equity, quality, and effectiveness to the Kingdom’s students and educational system. The solution aggregates all data from the various sources, provides real time accurate and comprehensive data reports that serve the complete education community, and facilitates planning, analysis and decision support across the country.