The Documentation Unit was set up in November
1983 to serve as a resource centre to officers of this Ministry. It is presently being housed on the 2nd
Floor – Room 2.43 at MITD House, Phoenix.
The main objectives are to gather, preserve, develop and disseminate
relevant and up-to-date data and materials pertaining to Education, Human
Resource, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research.
The Unit also assists users in terms of
research facilities, consultation services, training facilities, preparation of
reports, country papers for both local and international conferences, seminars
and workshops, preparation of speeches, formulating policies in the educational
field as well as helping them in their decision-making process.
The Unit has a set of documents on Education
and related fields for official distribution to institutions and experts and
weekly press-cuttings of articles on Education, Human Resources and other
Among the collections, we have reports on
Education and related themes made by the Consultants from UNESCO, World Bank,
British Council, UNDP and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Conference reports, both local and
international are readily available for reference purposes.
Government publications such as Government
Gazettes, the Digest of Statistics, Annual Reports of various
ministries/parastatal bodies are also received at the unit.
Objectives of the Unit
Besides continuing the duties already outlined
above, the Unit has to provide:
(i) a wide range of data and a constant flow of
information among all groups taking part in the educational process, such as
policy makers, planners, administrators, to elaborate sound educational policies
(ii) regular exchange of information, documentation
and materials of international interest obtained from research and development
at all levels – (i.e. Educational Information at national, regional and
(iii) to relate the activities of the Documentation
Centre for improvement of the information flow on educational innovation at all
levels, ultimately contributing to the development of the educational system as
(iv) To analyse, control and evaluate the
documentation on research already carried out and gather information on
on-going and future research projects be rendering it accessible to the users,
both formally, through bibliographies and content-wise in the form of
(v) To set up a good database in terms of books,
pamphlets, periodicals, documents, research findings and reports of conference
papers, bibliographies, reference works and directories in the field of Educational
Administration, Policy and Management, Curriculum Studies and Education Research
and Innovation, Educational Psychology and Philosophy, Teacher Training, Technical
and Vocational Education, Pre-Primary, Population and Health Education; Educational
Technology; Multicultural Education; Pre-Primary; Primary and Secondary; Adult Education;
Higher Education and Distance Education; Special Education; International and
Comparative Education; Financing; Media Education; Manpower Training.
The basic functions of the Unit are centered
around three main types of activities:
of the location, acquisition and storage of materials relating to Education,
Science, Communication and Information Technology; Human Resource, Tertiary
Education and Scientific Research.
and evaluation of the materials collected as well as the preparation of
bibliographies and abstracts.
function of the transmission of information to the users is carried out by
circulation of new acquisition lists, catalogues, monthly and weekly current awareness
and information bulletins;
of specific Parliamentary Questions and Replies on Ministry’s Website through
of daily Press Cuttings on MOE- Intranet.
We also act as a depository library for the
International Institute for Education Planning – IIEP (UNESCO).
Actually some 400 users (excluding staff of
other departments) regularly borrow books, local and international reports,
periodicals, government publications and press-cuttings available at the Unit.
Computerization of the Documentation Unit is
Links to local and International Documentation
Centres are being regularly established.
The Documentation Unit is also open to
researchers by appointment only.
Friday : 09:00 to 16:00
Tel : (230) 686 8634 / 601 5200 (Ext
Fax : (230) 698 5696
Email : email@example.com
Persons : Mr S. Mahadoowa and Mrs N. P.