The TA will prepare an investment project to support the Government's strategy to improve the quality and efficiency of basic education to meet new labor market requirements. This will be done by improving computer literacy among teachers and students, establishing electronic libraries and developing multimedia computer courseware to overcome the problems of many unqualified teaching staff and lack of instructional materials. The project will target especially the poor and disadvantaged youths in rural areas (type 2 and 3 schools). The project will contribute in reducing the digital divide and in preparing for information technology-related jobs.
|Project Name||School Computerization|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education / Education sector development - social protection initiatives
Information and communication technology / ICT industries and ICT-enabled services
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The TA will prepare an investment project to support the Government's strategy to improve the quality and efficiency of basic education to meet new labor market requirements. This will be done by improving computer literacy among teachers and students, establishing electronic libraries and developing multimedia computer courseware to overcome the problems of many unqualified teaching staff and lack of instructional materials. The project will target especially the poor and disadvantaged youths in rural areas (type 2 and 3 schools). The project will contribute in reducing the digital divide and in preparing for information technology-related jobs. The TA will prepare an investment project with the following outputs in mind: (i) it will establish at least 1,200 school information centers and the same number of electronic libraries; (ii) About 35 percent of primary and secondary students (1.5 million) will be able to use computers as a medium of instruction; (iii) About 50 percent of school administrators and teachers (100,000) will be able to use computers in improving the quality and efficiency of basic education; (iv) Multimedia computer courseware will be developed and distributed for all the subjects taught in primary and secondary schools to overcome low quality education; and (v) Ways of recovering operation and maintenance costs should be explored to make the project sustainable. The TA will have three components: (i) comprehensive study and survey for establishing school information centers, (ii) master plan to develop electronic library and multimedia computer courseware, and (iii) initial capacity building of school administrators and teachers in the use of information technology in education.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|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|
|Consulting Services||A team of 3 international consultants and 3 domestic consultants will be recruited to provide specialist services, totalling 20 person-months. International consultants include (i) information technology specialist cum team leader (5 person-months), (ii) multi-media specialist (3 person-months), and electronic librarian (2 person-months). The domestic consultants include financial analyst for 3 person-months, and social development specialist for 2 person-months.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Jeoung-Keun Lee|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Division, SARD|
Mins of Human Res Devt, Educ & Cultural Affairs
Mr. E.W. Abeynayake, Project Director, SEMP
Isurupaya, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Battaramulla Sri Lanka
|Concept Clearance||17 Jul 2001|
|Fact Finding||17 Jul 2002 to 31 Jul 2002|
|Approval||05 Nov 2002|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||01 Feb 2007|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|05 Nov 2002||20 May 2003||20 May 2003||30 Sep 2003||30 Jun 2005||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|500,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||500,000.00||05 Nov 2002||479,301.49|
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