Nepal: Education Sector Program (Subprogram III)

Sovereign Project | 35174-042

Summary

The TA will assist the School Sector Reform (SSR) Core Document writing team in refining policy options and strategies and in developing programs and financing frameworks for the SSR, and it will help design ESP III (or a new Program cluster) to contribute to the financing of the SSR Program jointly with the other education development partners.

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Project Name Education Sector Program (Subprogram III)
Project Number 35174-042
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7025-NEP: Education Sector Program (Subprogram III)
Japan Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change
Sector / Subsector Education - Education sector development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description The TA will assist the School Sector Reform (SSR) Core Document writing team in refining policy options and strategies and in developing programs and financing frameworks for the SSR, and it will help design ESP III (or a new Program cluster) to contribute to the financing of the SSR Program jointly with the other education development partners.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of Nepal has a high commitment to education. A key national priority is to increase equity in access to education, while social inclusion is a central approach to reduce disparities in education in terms of gender, caste, and ethnicity. The decentralization of school management responsibilities to school management committees, and community participation in education are at the center of the Government's strategy to improve the quality and efficiency of education. To achieve the Education for All (EFA) goals, the Government launched the Nepal EFA Program (2004-2009), a high-priority program for basic and primary education supported by 14 development partners, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The EFA program has substantially contributed to improvements in education sector outcomes. In addition, it has made progress in implementation strategies such as decentralization, capacity development, financial management, and institutional harmonization.

To build on the achievements of EFA, and address some of remaining shortcomings and constraints, the Government has developed the SSR program. The SSR program envisions a transition from the current subsector approach, with education financed by programs such as EFA and the Secondary Education Support Program (SESP), to an integrated SSR program. It aims to restructure the primary and secondary school system into an integrated grade 1-12 system in a phased manner. The Government recognizes that 5 years of basic education is not sufficient and intends to extend basic education coverage to grades 1-8 and integrate secondary education into grades 9-12. The Government also intends to improve synergies between basic education and secondary education to achieve a more holistic approach to school education. The SSR program is partly a continuation of earlier programs such as EFA and the SESP, and partly the beginning of new reforms characterized by strategic interventions such as restructuring of school education, and improvement of the quality and efficiency of education. Through the implementation of these reform agendas and specific interventions, the Government aims to address the 8% of children (aged 5-9) currently out of school, and the high dropout and repetition rates at primary level. Achieving sustainable improvements in learning achievement levels and improving the cost-efficiency and effectiveness of its services also constitute a major focus in the SSR program. The expected outcome of the SSR program is a more equitable, inclusive, effective, and holistic education system. The SSR program implementation period spans 7 years, from FY2010 to FY2016.

Impact Restructured grade 1-12 school system successfully implemented in a phased manner throughout all districts
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Agreed program design to support the implementation of the grade 1-12 school sector reform (SSR)
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Technical analysis and advice completed

ESP III program design requirements accomplished

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nationwide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Kowsar P. Chowdhury
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education & SportsKeshar Mahal
Kathmandu
Nepal
Timetable
Concept Clearance 07 Sep 2007
Fact Finding 10 Sep 2007 to 19 Sep 2007
MRM -
Approval 12 Dec 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 20 Nov 2009
Last PDS Update 04 May 2010

TA 7025-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2007 20 Jan 2008 20 Jan 2008 31 Jul 2009 31 Dec 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 110,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 710,000.00 12 Dec 2007 454,146.44

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