Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 06 Jun 2006
PDS Updated as of 12 Jan 2012

Project Name Rural Basic Education Project
Country Uzbekistan
Project/Program Number 40049-013
Status Approved
Geographical Location Uzbekistan
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Education
Subsector Pre-Primary and Basic Education
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2380Asian Development Fund30,000
Counterpart 13,000
TOTAL US$ 43,000

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see http://www.adb.org/site/safeguards/safeguard-categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

Regular missions (May and July) conducted in 2010 to review the project. Mission planned in November 2010 to discuss issues related to project closure and loan cancellation.

During Project Design
MOPE and Ministry of Finance.
During Project Implementation
MOPE (EA), Ministry of Finance, Mahalla committees and oblast administrations of the 3 oblast regions. They are all members of the project steering committee.

Description

The justification for funding basic education in rural areas rests on inequities in the provision of quality education services. A comprehensive school survey revealed clear disparities between rural and urban schools. Across the country, schools in rural communities that are remote from provincial and district centers are disadvantaged in almost every aspect in relation to the quality of school facilities, as well as availability of learning and teaching inputs. About 80% of Uzbekistan s 9,773 basic schools are located in rural areas. The vast majority of rural basic schools are considered in very poor condition requiring emergency repairs and major rehabilitation works. Common defects were leaking roofs, water infiltration to the building structures, damaged windows and doors, defective floors, malfunctioning sanitary and plumbing facilities, broken heating systems, and leaking water supply system. Most classroom furniture is also in very poor condition. About 70% of schools had no science laboratory equipment and lack modern teaching aids and learning materials. Teaching techniques and subject knowledge of many teachers particularly in rural schools are inadequate and outdated. Most teachers still apply traditional teaching methods, devoting attention mostly to narrow subject knowledge, requiring students to memorize and repeat notions and definitions. Critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills and teamwork do not receive sufficient attention. Although training programs for teachers have been revised gradually, the current in-service training system needs to become more flexible to adjust to specific subject related requirements of teachers in rural school, who work under difficult circumstances. To address the issues in rural schools, the Government launched the National Program for Basic Education Development (NPBED) 2004 2009, which aims to strengthen basic education to meet international standards and remove disparities. The investment costs of the NPBED, are estimated at $1.2 billion, to be financed by a combination of 75% budget financing, 20% foreign investment financing, and 5% local donor contributions. Major investments include school construction and rehabilitation, and significant salary increases for teachers. It is proposed that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) intervention will complement Government s NPBED and focus on improving the relevance and quality of basic education in rural areas. Other ongoing ADB interventions in the education sector provide assistance in addressing issues related to (i) policy planning, governance and management; (ii) curriculum modernization and textbook development; and (iii) improving teaching and learning through information and communication technology (ICT). The impact of the Project will be improved opportunities for graduates from rural basic schools to progress to higher levels of education. The Project outcome will be improved equitable access to and enhanced quality and relevance of basic education in rural areas in three project oblasts. The expected outcome will be achieved by (i) upgrading of school facilities, (ii) enhancing the capacity of teacher training institutions and raion education departments to strengthen teaching in rural schools, and (iii) increasing community participation in school life.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

In accordance with the Government's development strategy, the Project is included in the country strategy and program (CSP) update 2006-2008.

Development Impact

Improved opportunities for children in rural areas to progress to higher levels of education.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Improved equal access to, and enhanced quality and relevance of, basic education in rural areas in three project oblasts
Progress Towards Outcome
To be evaluated at PCR stage.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Schools in rural areas upgraded In-service training for teachers in three project oblasts improved. Community participation in rural schools is strengthened
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
A review mission visited Uzbekistan 15-17 June 2011 and agreed with the government to close the project on July 31 2011. Government of Uzbekistan wrote to the ADB on 29 June 2011, requesting for closure of the project and cancellation of the undisursed balances under the loan. The project accounts for Jan-July 2011 were audited in August 2011. The undisbursed balance in the project imprest account is being reimbursed to ADB accounts. PCR of the project is schedule to be completed before 31 December 2011. The borrower's PCR has been received for ADB review and the PCR mission is scheduled from 10-21 October 2011.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Apr 04
Consulting Services
A total of 26 person-months of international and 85 person-months of national consulting services will be contracted, financed by ADB funds. International and national consultants financed from ADB funds will be recruited as a firm under quality and cost-based selection methods, using full technical proposals. The Government has agreed to recruit individual national consultants for the PIU in accordance with ADB's procedures for recruiting individual consultants. Consulting services under the three components will include experts in the field of (i) teacher development, and (ii) community participation. In addition, the Project provides budget for engaging national training providers and a national media firm.
Procurement
All ADB financed goods, and related services will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines. The Project will provide laboratory equipment, teaching aides, classroom furniture, and learning materials. Equipment and goods estimated to cost more than $500,000 will be procured under international competitive bidding procedures. Equipment and materials estimated to cost $500,000 or less will be procured under Government procedures acceptable to ADB. Learning materials and other equipment and materials valued at $100,000 or less will be procured by shopping.
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/40049-013/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance 27 Oct 2005
Fact-finding 01 May 2007 to 28 May 2007
Management Review Meeting 18 Oct 2007
Approval 06 Dec 2007
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2380 06 Dec 2007 10 Jun 2008 30 Sep 2008 30 Jun 2012 24 Oct 2011

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
15 Sep 2014 Loan 2380 7,399 0 100.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
15 Sep 2014 Loan 2380 7,399 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 2380 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Asadullah Sumbal (asumbal@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies Ministry of Public Education
Mr. Bahtiyor Kh. Daniyarov

Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/40049-013/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/40049-013/documents