Samoa: Schoolnet and Community Access Project

Sovereign Project | 36513-032

Summary

The SchoolNet and Community Access Project (the Project) will help the Government of Samoa (the Government) develop the capacity of relevant divisions of the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture (MESC), as well as of teachers and students from all government and mission secondary schools, in information and communications technology (ICT) competencies. The Project will complement and expand Education Sector Project II 2006-2012 (ESP II) activities to include ICT competencies and best practices for developing and using e-learning resources in classroom teaching and learning processes. This will enhance the quality of education and cost-effectively improve student learning outcomes in six academic subjects aligned to the ESP II priorities of mathematics and science. It will also support the Government's efforts to improve the overall efficiency of the education sector and help to develop management models and partnership arrangements to ensure the sustainability of the project outcomes.

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School Net and Community Access Project Aug 2013

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Project Name Schoolnet and Community Access Project
Project Number 36513-032
Country Samoa
Project Status Approved
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
Description

The SchoolNet and Community Access Project (the Project) will help the Government of Samoa (the Government) develop the capacity of relevant divisions of the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture (MESC), as well as of teachers and students from all government and mission secondary schools, in information and communications technology (ICT) competencies. The Project will complement and expand Education Sector Project II 2006-2012 (ESP II) activities to include ICT competencies and best practices for developing and using e-learning resources in classroom teaching and learning processes. This will enhance the quality of education and cost-effectively improve student learning outcomes in six academic subjects aligned to the ESP II priorities of mathematics and science. It will also support the Government's efforts to improve the overall efficiency of the education sector and help to develop management models and partnership arrangements to ensure the sustainability of the project outcomes. The Project will foster the use of the Internet, where possible, and communication among schools domestically and internationally. The Government, through its Samoa Development Strategy 2005-2007 (SDS) and Strategic Policies and Plan July 2006-June 2015 (SPP), is fully committed to achieving efficiency and quality goals in education and aligning the education sector with the national ICT strategy.

The Project will have four main components: (i) improving the quality of teaching and learning in secondary schools; (ii) improving access to education through ICT; (iii) establishing the Community Access Program and developing its partnerships; and (iv) strengthening education management and coordination, including improving analyses of economic efficiency, equity, and sustainability.

The Project will be implemented in two stages. This will allow the Government to assess the impact of SchoolNet and ICT on learning outcomes and postsecondary employment, and will contribute to strengthening the research and evaluation capacity of MESC.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Government policy guidelines are in congruence with ADB's Pacific Strategy (2005-2009): Responding to the Priorities of the Poor and the ICT Blueprint for the Future for the Pacific. ADB's draft Country Partnership Strategy (2008-2012) with Samoa highlights the Government's interest in expanding the SchoolNet initiatives to the national level to (i) improve the quality of education for all, especially for the disadvantaged; (ii) meet the employment aspirations of the young; and (iii) contribute to an improved quality of life.
Impact A more equitable and effective ICT-enhanced education system and promotion of life-long learning
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Enhanced learning outcomes for secondary students and improved knowledge sharing through ICT.
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

Improved quality of teaching and learning using e-learning materials and approaches

Improved education access through ICT

Established partnerships to support SchoolNet and Community Access Program

Strengthened education management through ICT systems

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

" No achievements due to dropping of CAP component prior to mid-term report in 2010.

Output 4

" No known achievements to date.

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 ADB Officer Chimi Thonden
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of FinanceMs. Noumea Siminoumea.simi@mof.gov.wsMinistry of Finance
Government of Samoa
Private Bag, Apia, Samoa
Timetable
Concept Clearance 13 Aug 2007
Fact Finding 07 Aug 2007 to 18 Aug 2007
MRM 04 Oct 2007
Approval 14 Dec 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 13 Jul 2007
Last PDS Update 30 Mar 2015

Grant 0097-SAM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
14 Dec 2007 08 Jan 2008 17 Mar 2008 30 Jun 2013 31 Dec 2015 -
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 5.06 0.00 86%
Counterpart 1.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 14 Dec 2007 4.74 0.00 80%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory - - - - -

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