The school coordinates for Geographic Information Systems, (GIS) of a large number of the schools in the ESSPIN partner States was derived from a data set collected as part of the Federal Governments MDG Programme. This provided ESSPIN with valuable school mapping data that was then converted to overlay files that could be used with Google Maps and Google Earth. By adding attributes to the data from the Annual School Census data or ESSPIN’s ISD school scores (a score of 1-100 on the school’s ability to deliver quality education) map pins can be colour coded or reshaped to display schools on a map by some characteristics. For example, the distribution of schools with no electricity, no water and both no water and electricity or poor, average and good schools distribution. The application of GIS in school mapping provides a user-friendly method to improve allocation of resources and efficiency in the delivery of services.
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