|Progress Toward Outcome
The TA (confinanced by Australia) registered strong performance, providing critical front-line support to Myanmar's landmark Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR). Activities under all three of the TA's outputs were largely completed by the original completion date (31 October 2014), though the TA was recently extended by 4 months (through February 2015) to allow support for CESR Phase 3, which has been extended into mid-2015.
The TA is now physically completed (awaiting final closure), after having made important contributions in terms of a strengthened knowledge base and institutional capacities in Myanmar (outlined below).
During CESR Phases 2-3, support under TA 8187 was augmented by and dovetailed with support to the CESR under TA 8385 (also cofinanced by and in partnership with Australia). Additionally, the ADB staff team has maintained a significant involvement in TA implementation, including working with the CESR team and consultants in-country.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Output 1. In direct collaboration with the CESR Office and staff and additional consultants from the ADB, GIZ, and UNESCO (and in close dialogue with other development parters such as AusAID and JICA), the TA supported substantive completion of 4 studies as inputs to the compilation volume for CESR Phase 1. These 4 reports (released as technical annexes to the CESR Volume 1 compilation volume) are online at http://www.adb.org/projects/46369-001/documents and www.cesrmm.org and cover (i) secondary education, (ii) TVET, (iii) higher education, and (iv) initial labor market analysis. Findings of this analysis were strongly endorsed via multi-stakeholder roundtable discussions. Key issues and recommendations from draft technical reports have been distilled in the draft CESR Volume 1 main text, prepared by the CESR Team. During Phase 2, the TA supported preparation of a technical annex to Volume 2 on the implications of Myanmar's integration into ASEAN. This and other Phase 2 input reports supported by ADB and other development partners are expected to be launched on the CESR website by MOE in the coming weeks. TA-supported analysis and recommendations have directly fed into further analysis as well as policy dialogue during CESR Phase 2, and contributed to decisions in areas such as the strategy for secondary education curriculum reform.
Output 2: Regional experiences and lessons learned have been mainstreamed into the noted Phase 1 technical annex reports as well as national forums and policy dialogue, spanning all of the post-primary education subsectors (secondary, TVET, and higher education).
Output 3: An initial capacity development series for the CESR Team on analysis using EMIS and household survey data was completed in October 2013, and fed directly into the collaborative studies, noted above. The TA and ADB staff inputs have continued to support a series of subsequent capacity development seminars, principally targeted at CESR Team staff, but including (for example) a session for the Myanmar Central Statistical Office.