Project Name Second Lower Secondary Education for the Most Disadvantaged Areas Project
Project Number 46066-001
Country Viet Nam
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8207-VIE: Second Lower Secondary Education for the Most Disadvantaged Areas Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Pre-primary and primary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The Project was approved on 6 November 2012 for $800,000 financed on a grant basis from ADB's Technical Assistance Special Fund (TASF-IV), and was declared effective on 29 March 2013. It will review and assess the performance of the lower secondary education subsector in Viet Nam, in particular schooling for ethnic minority and other disadvantaged groups. The core output of the Project will be a detailed design for the ensuing Program loan, including both policy and investment components, suitable for ADB financing that will help improve employability and competitiveness of the young labor force by 2020.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

While the ongoing Lower Secondary Education for the Most Disadvantaged Regions Project (LSEMDRP) is yielding positive results in improving the access of ethnic minorities to LSE, major challenges and constraints in ensuring more equitable and quality LSE for students who are members of ethnic minority groups or live in disadvantaged regions remain.

Education facilities are lacking. While the size of the LSE-age cohorts has started to decline nationwide, classroom shortages remain in the Northern Mountainous and Central Regions. And in the Coastal Region, the quality of construction and the design of buildings are poor, and schools are often not durable enough to withstand typhoons. Boarding facilities are also needed. In remote areas, access is constrained and drop-out rates in LSE are high, partly because the Mekong River Delta Region experiences annual flooding during the rainy season. Poor families cannot afford to pay for transport or accommodations near the schools and local governments have not been able to finance such boarding facilities. Students also face language and cultural barriers. Ethnic minorities are culturally diverse. While the enrollment rate of girls in LSE is higher than boys nationally, this pattern is reversed in disadvantaged regions; girls have limited access to social services. Among ethnic minorities, it is commonly observed that the children face learning difficulties because of parents' inability to provide academic support and less study time due to long travel times to distant schools.


Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation meetings with stakeholders
During Project Implementation Conduct of a series of workshop for local education authorities, the midterm review meeting, the project outline (PO)/feasibility study report appraisal workshops, and other meetings with funding agencies, development partners, and local stakeholders

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The TA is financing 51 person-months (pm) of consulting services including (i) 6 international consultants totaling 22 pm, and (ii) 6 national consultants totaling 29 pm. Recruitment of an international firm to provide the international and national consultants through QCBS has been completed. Consultants were mobilized in May 2013.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Izawa, Eiko
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education and Training
32 Hai Ba Trung St., Hoan Kiem Dist
Hanoi, Vietnman


Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
Approval 06 Nov 2012
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2014

TA 8207-VIE

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Nov 2012 29 Mar 2013 29 Mar 2013 31 Aug 2014 30 Nov 2014 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 88,800.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 888,800.00 06 Nov 2012 794,806.82

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