Bangladesh: Post-Literacy and Continuing Education Project

Sovereign Project | 31309-013

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Project Name Post-Literacy and Continuing Education Project
Project Number 31309-013
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 1881-BAN: Post-Literacy and Continuing Education Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 51.50 million
Grant 3899-BAN: Post-Literacy and Continuing Education Project (formerly Second Non-Formal Education)
Swiss Grant (Cofinancing) US$ 2.50 million
Grant 3899-BAN: Post-Literacy and Continuing Education Project (formerly Second Non-Formal Education) (Supplementary)
Swiss Grant (Cofinancing) US$ 2.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The Project's long-term sector objective is to contribute to the reduction of poverty through more equitable human development in rural areas. The purpose of the Project is to establish a community-based and needs-oriented course program and a supportive organizational framework in 29 districts. The Project's objectives will be achieved by (i) supporting the implementation of a policy framework; (ii) developing, producing, distributing and continuously adapting curricula and materials; (iii) improving the capacity of involved organizational; and (iv) implementing PLCE courses.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Lack of sufficient income, food insecurity and poor living conditions put an increasing pressure onthe social fabric of rural aeras in Bangladesh and call for increased efforts to alleviate poverty thorugh human development. Despite considerable achievements in the expansion of nonformal education and the gradual reduction of illiteracy, neo-literates need additional skills and knowledge to improve their social and economic conditions. Recognizing the need to focus on the priorities of the poor, in particular women, the Project supports blending continuing education with strong particvipatory planning and decentralized implementation by private sector organizations. Given a vast though organizationally fragmented experience in implementing nonformal education programs in the country and considering the scale of effort and commitment needed to ensure a poverty focused and sustainable program the Project promotes public private partnerwhip based on shared objectives, strategies and mutual trust.

Non-formal education is identified as a priority under the PRSP. ADB's CSP includes this project as ongoing support in the education sector. The Project also complements the ongoing Second Primary Education Program (PEDP-II) to support the Government in achieving the education for all objectives of which non-formal education is an important part.

Impact Reduced poverty and more equitable human development in rural areas
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome A community-based and needs-oriented post-literacy and continuing education (PLCE) course program and a supporting organizational framework operational in 29 districts
Progress Toward Outcome The final mission conducted in April 2013 assessed that all activities in the field were completed, and the final outputs were delivered. With almost 1.2 million people enrolled in the training, and around 4.3 million engaged in income generating activities (43% of those who completed) the training, the results in the field were satisfactory. Mainstreaming of the project results proved to be more challenging. After the project completed on 30 june 2013, the PMU focused on administative closing. Administrative closing is almost complete
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Policy framework development supported

2. Curricula for PLCE-programs developed, produced, distributed, and continuously adapted

3. Capacity of involved organizations improved

4. PLCE course packages implemented

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Most of the outputs have been achieved.
Geographical Location The Project covers 210 Upazillas (sub-districts) in 29 districts.
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects No significant adverse impacts on the environment were identified. In the longer term, the Project should aid the environment in that the course curricula will cover environmental impact and sustainability. Teachers will receive basic environment awareness training as part of their certification. Monitoring training at the Upazila level will include monitoring any adverse environmental impacts. Skills training will emphasize the efficient use of resources and the recycling of existing resources. Agricultural training will continue to emphasize the safe and appropriate use of chemicals. By locally providing skills for the unemployed, the Project will discourage migration to the cities and thus indirectly lessen urban environmental pollution.
Involuntary Resettlement Involuntary Resettlement policy will not be triggered, as there is no construction on new land.
Indigenous Peoples No impact.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Community participation is a key mechanism for the demand orientation and bottom-up planning approach of the Project. Interviews and focus groups in 24 villages, as well as meetings with elected community representatives, gave selected communities a chance to directly contribute to the design of the Project during its preparation.
During Project Implementation

To ensure community participation at all stages of project implementation, the terms of reference of Imlementing NGOs included measurable indicatorsrelated to community participation and gender equity. Community profiling help ensure that continuing education courses are inclusive and respond to participants needs. For sociocultural reasons, many women may never leave their community. Most communities have no access to market information that would assist them in choosing skills to learn, crops to grow, or products or services to provide that are in demand locally. Implementing NGOs assisted learners in selecting specific skills by presenting the results of income-generating-opportunity surveys, which will allow informed decisions by learners. Facilitators and resource persons (skill trainers) who have knowledge of the respective communities or come from these communities was selected, and at least 50 percent of them were female.

Finally, rental payments for the use of existing community-owned training venues are envisaged to encourage community involvement in the Project. The Project contributed to the strengthening of civil society, by supporting coordinating committees at district, Upazila and community levels and including them in the literacy and continuing education decision-making and monitoring process.

Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Project is closed with successfully implementing PLCE activities. All the consultant requirements are completed..
Procurement Civil works under the Project was carried out in accordance with the latest ADB's Guidelines for Procurement of Goods and Services.
Responsible ADB Officer Rudi Louis Hendrikus Van Dael
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Directorate of Non-formal EducationRezaul Quaderplcehd-2@bttb.net.bdGono Shikkha Bhaban, 232/1 Tejgaon, Industrial Area Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bureau of Nonformal EducationMd. Zaydul Haque Mollahplcehd-2@bttb.net.bdGono Shikkha Bhaban, Tejgaon Industrial Area, Dhaka
Timetable
Concept Clearance 06 Jun 2000
Fact Finding 09 Mar 2001 to 22 Mar 2001
MRM 11 Jul 2001
Approval 13 Dec 2001
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 02 Nov 2006
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2015

Grant 3899-BAN

Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 5.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 5.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

Loan 1881-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2001 17 Jan 2002 28 Jun 2002 31 Dec 2008 30 Jun 2013 -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 70.70 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 51.50 13 Dec 2001 39.66 0.00 90%
Counterpart 19.20 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Dec 2001 33.74 0.00 77%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Post-Literacy and Continuing Education Project Loan Change in Scope, Amount, and Implementation Arrangements Jun 2008
Post-Literacy and Continuing Education Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Nov 2001

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