Sri Lanka: Distance Education Modernization (formerly Postsecondary Education Modernization)
The Project is directly aimed at human resource development with special attention provided to ensure wider equal access to poor students seeking postsecondary education opportunities. Special attention will be provided to qualified rural students through distance learning (including off-shore learning), computer learning technologies, and support for private education..
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|Project Name||Distance Education Modernization (formerly Postsecondary Education Modernization)|
|Country / Economy||Sri Lanka
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Loan
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education / Tertiary
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The Project is directly aimed at human resource development with special attention provided to ensure wider equal access to poor students seeking postsecondary education opportunities. Special attention will be provided to qualified rural students through distance learning (including off-shore learning), computer learning technologies, and support for private education..|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
The Project will assist the Government to broaden and deepen opportunities in postsecondary education by making institutions more efficient and cost-effective.
The Country Programming Update (2002) and Poverty Reduction in Sri Lanka Report (ADB 2002) suggest that propoor economic growth is central to poverty reduction. Infrastructure (roads, power, and ports) is important, but so are small or medium -sized enterprise development and policy reform to stimulate labor- intensive growth, especially in downsizing and improving the efficiency of the public sector. Social development supports these efforts by streamlining publicly financed social services, especially outside metro Colombo. A major improvement in access and relevance of tertiary training is required for upward social and economic mobility. Tertiary education contributes to poverty reduction by producing high-quality public servants and efficient managers for the private sector.
|Impact||Increase socioeconomic growth to raise human development levels.|
|Description of Outcome||Develop distance education to expand postsecondary school enrollment to develop a modern, high-quality human resource base.|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs||
DEPP established to increase educational opportunities.
Consortium of public-private partnerships established to improve standards.
OUSL (central and regional centers) upgraded.
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
Package A: ICT Consultant package to build, operate, transfer
ICT system and distance learning network, $3million, ICB
Package: B: University assistance package to support strengthening of Open University admissions, accounting, computer system and subject-matter development, $1million, LCB
Civil Works: Two buildings on Open University Campus, $4million, ICB
Small Civil Works on 25 campuses, $6million, LCB
Several packages of scientific laboratory equipment, computers, etc., $8million LCB
Packages of ICT equipment for distance learning network - configure, install and operate, $10million, ICB
|Responsible ADB Officer||Shakil, Sofia|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Division, SARD|
Ministry of Education
Mrs. Malani Peiris
Colombo, Sri Lanka Ministry of Tertiary Education and Training
18, Ward Place, Colombo 7
|Concept Clearance||08 Mar 2001|
|Fact Finding||28 Jul 2002 to 11 Aug 2002|
|MRM||04 Sep 2002|
|Approval||11 Jun 2003|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||01 Feb 2007|
|Last PDS Update||06 May 2010|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|11 Jun 2003||18 Aug 2003||04 Nov 2003||31 Dec 2009||31 Mar 2010||28 Jul 2010|
|Financing Plan||Loan Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||45.00||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||45.00||17 Jun 2022||36.24||0.00||100%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||17 Jun 2022||36.24||0.00||100%|
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Sri Lanka: Distance Education Modernization Project||Project Performance Evaluation Reports||Dec 2016|
|Sri Lanka: Distance Education Modernization Project||Validations of Project Completion Reports||Dec 2013|
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