37698-013: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Basic Education

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


Description

The Project will improve the quality, relevance and equitable access of basic education for all students, including students in poor and remote areas. The outcome of the Project is to improve learning through ICT use in priority subject areas in grades 5-9 in project schools with a pro-poor focus. The Project comprises four components: (i) establishment of school clusters for ICT; (ii) strengthening teacher and staff development for ICT; (iii) learning materials development; and (iv) capacity building and management support.

Impact

Improved quality, relevance, and equitable access of basic education for all students

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Improved learning outcomes through ICT use in priority subject areas in grades 5-9 in project schools with a pro-poor focus

Progress Towards Outcome

Loan was declared effective on 22 June 2006. ICT use in schools is increasing due to project and other government efforts to provide computer classrooms to all schools. 860 Cluster Leader Schools were identified in 2006 covering schools nationwide, including poor disticts. In 2007-2009 schools were rehabilitated. As of 30 Sept 2010, as reported by PIU all 860 CLSs were fully operational.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Component 1. School cluster network established, equipped, and functional Component 2. Strengthened staff capacity to use ICT for improving teaching and learning and school management Component 3. Learning materials developed Component 4. Project sustainability and effectiveness in implementation ensured

Status of Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

PIU started its work in June 2006 and carried out specific activities for the successful startup of the Project. Highlights include: (1) list of cluster schools has been updated and approved by MOPE including the list of pilot schools; (ii) survey covering all CLSs and pilot schools was completed and specific issues related to e-readiness, power supply and connectivity have been identified and collected in a database. In 2007 EA announced two biddings (ICB 01 and NCB 01) to procure ICT equipment and furniture for 300 CLSs. NCB 01 was completed and furniture was delivered to 300 CLSs. ICB 01 was completed in January 2008. Delivery of equipment was delayed and completed by 31 Dec 2009. Two biddings (ICB 02 and NCB 02) to procure ICT equipment and furniture for 560 CLSs were held in 2007-08. Evaluation of NCB 02 was completed and contracts were signed. All furniture was delivered to schools. Evaluation of ICB 02 was completed in Mar 2009. EA has signed contract with the suppliers. By 30 June 2010 all equipment was delivered and installed in 560 CLSs. RFP documents for consulting services were approved and sent to shortlisted consulting firms in July 2007. Proposals were received in September 2007. Evaluation process was completed in April 2008. EA signed contract in September 2008. Contract became effective in Jan 2009. Consulting Firm (EDCIL, India) fielded its consultants in Feb 2009. Activities are ongoing. In 2010 Project completed NCB and contracted suppliers for development of e-materials in key subject areas. In parralel MOPE is financing provision of e-materials and e-books to schools. In 2011 Project continued its efforts on capacity building for CLSs. In addition, procurement of additional furniture to 860 CLS was approved and bidding (NCB) completed. The contract with JV Mebel ($1.25 million, for multiple lots) is under implementation.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: C
Involuntary Resettlement: C
Indigenous Peoples: B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

No major issues

Environmental Aspect
No significant impact as civil works mainly include rehabilitation of two-three rooms in schools.

Involuntary Resettlement
No resettlement is required

Indigenous Peoples
No

Stakeholder Participation and Consultation

During Project Design
Consultations with parents, school administration, students and local governments took place during design of the project in 2005

During Project Implementation
Additional consultations were conducted during preparation of CLS

Status of Covenants

Category Rating
Loan 2191
Sector Satisfactory
Social Satisfactory
Financial Satisfactory
Economic
Others Satisfactory
Safe
Project Financial Statements



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Timetable

Fact-finding
22 Jun 2005 to 30 Jun 2005

Management Review Meeting
11 Aug 2005

Board Approval
27 Oct 2005

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