Samoa: Schoolnet and Community Access Project

Sovereign Project | 36513-032 Status: Active


The Asian Development Bank is working with Samoa to improve the use of information and communications technology in the education system. The technical assistance project is providing training and expertise on how best to use the internet in schools, particularly in isolated areas. 

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Project Name Schoolnet and Community Access Project
Project Number 36513-032
Country Samoa
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0097-SAM: Schoolnet and Community Access Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 5.90 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development - Secondary

Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

" 70% of students in secondary schools have improved competencies in at least 3 academic subjects, relative to 2008 baseline data. Status: mixed achievement in outcomes.

" and 50% of community members have ICT competencies to communicate and share knowledge. Status: cannot report on this indicator.

" 70% of teachers in secondary schools use ICT to teach cognitive skills and use interactive, student-centered, and authentic learning approaches. Status: indicator achieved.

" E-learning materials for six secondary subjects developed, embed in the respective school curriculum, and disseminated to all secondary schools. Status: indicator achieved for all subjects except agricultural science ---which has limited materials.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1

" Within 18 months of Stage 2 commencement ,CMAD staff source, adopt, and disseminate e-curriculum and e-learning material for three secondary subjects, and within 36 months the remaining three subjects, to 42 secondary schools. Status: indicator achieved by the SchoolNet team, not by CMAD.

" Within 12 months of Stage 2 commencement, SOD and NUS staff adopt and deliver e-teacher training embedded in student-centered and interactive approaches; Status: although NUS was provided a complete set of equipment, resources and training, the indicator was not achieved due to issues between NUS and MOE. However, the USP DFL based teacher training is happening through the SchoolNet network and LCs.

" Within each subsequent 12 months, 800 teachers in schools provided with equipment are using ICT tools in interactive, project based, authentic teaching and learning processes. Status: indicator achieved, but there are not 800 science and math teachers in secondary level.

" Within 36 months 15,000 secondary school students demonstrate enhanced problem solving, research, and cognitive skills such as reasoning and critical analysis. Status: Student were using the e-resources but enhanced performance is problematic.

" Within 12 months of project effectiveness, staff development appraised and cost estimates analyzed. Status: indicator achieved.

" Within 24 months of Stage 2 commencement, 21 SRO are using e-teaching methods and materials and 33% of secondary teachers and principals are using e-teaching methods and managing the learning centers in each year (2009 2011), aligned with deployment of equipment and connectivity. Status: indicator achieved, but SROs are no longer in the MESC system.

Output 2

" Within 48 months of the Project effectiveness all 42 secondary schools will have learning centers fully operational. Status: All 42 LC are operational.

" Within 6 months of Stage 2 commencement, all 5 pilots enhanced, based on lessons learned and the current technical design. Status: indicator achieved.

" Within 18 months of Stage 2 commencement, relevant MESC divisions and units set up and connect the SchoolNet, and division staff are using ICT applications. Status: this has been delayed. Only after the MESC data center was established MESC staff could access the e-resources so it is premature to state with definitiveness.

" Within 12 months of Stage 2 commencement, upgraded data center and portal are operating, and within 36 months 70% of MESC staff and teachers are using the ICT facilities. Status: Upgrade was done done but use is still very much by the SchoolNet team and schools. MESC staff have not used the facilities much.

" Within 18 months of Stage 2 commencement, policies are developed and operational, and additional IT Unit staff are appointed to manage and implement IT support.

Status: Draft policies were submitted but no feedback received from MESC Core . IT unit has a staff dedicated to manage the SchoolNet system

Output 3

" The Community Access Porgram was dropped from the project prior to the mid-term report in 2010. Community awareness activities were conducted, and it was deemed that community were not interested in access to the internet for communication.

Output 4

" Wide area networks have established good, reliable networks through which all secondary schools are now connected to the MESC. The MESC has established an IT and Media division which continues to champion usage of technology as a communication tool across schools, using videoconferencing and other technologies to connect with schools for communication purposes, professional development purposes as well as and monitoring and reporting purposes.

Geographical Location Samoa

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The Project will provide about 72 person-months of international consulting services and 108 person-months of national consulting services. All international and associated national consultants will be selected and recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). Most international consulting services will be provided by one firm. Provision is included to recruit individual consultants for the Project Management Adviser position and for the Unallocated person-months as needed during the life of the Project. The Project will use the quality-based selection method for recruitment of a firm. Consultants commenced services on 01 November 2009.
Procurement Invitation for bids for SchoolNET Equipment and Services for MESC Data Centre, school Local Area Network (LAN), and furniture for schools and MESC data centre posted on 19 August 2011.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Chimi Thonden
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance
Ms. Noumea Simi
Ministry of Finance
Government of Samoa
Private Bag, Apia, Samoa


Concept Clearance 13 Aug 2007
Fact Finding 07 Aug 2007 to 18 Aug 2007
MRM 04 Oct 2007
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 13 Jul 2007
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2016

Grant 0097-SAM

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2007 08 Jan 2008 17 Mar 2008 30 Jun 2013 31 Jan 2016 -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 6.90 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 5.90 14 Dec 2007 5.62 0.00 95%
Counterpart 1.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Dec 2007 4.82 0.00 82%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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