The Asian Development Bank is working with Samoa to improve the use of information and communications technology in the education system. The technical assistance project is providing training and expertise on how best to use the internet in schools, particularly in isolated areas.
|Project Name||Schoolnet and Community Access Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education - Education sector development - Secondary
Information and communication technology - ICT industries and ICT-enabled services
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
The SchoolNet and Community Access Project (the Project) will help the Government of Samoa (the Government) develop the capacity of relevant divisions of the Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture (MESC), as well as of teachers and students from all government and mission secondary schools, in information and communications technology (ICT) competencies. The Project will complement and expand Education Sector Project II 2006-2012 (ESP II) activities to include ICT competencies and best practices for developing and using e-learning resources in classroom teaching and learning processes. This will enhance the quality of education and cost-effectively improve student learning outcomes in six academic subjects aligned to the ESP II priorities of mathematics and science. It will also support the Government's efforts to improve the overall efficiency of the education sector and help to develop management models and partnership arrangements to ensure the sustainability of the project outcomes. The Project will foster the use of the Internet, where possible, and communication among schools domestically and internationally. The Government, through its Samoa Development Strategy 2005-2007 (SDS) and Strategic Policies and Plan July 2006-June 2015 (SPP), is fully committed to achieving efficiency and quality goals in education and aligning the education sector with the national ICT strategy.
The Project will have four main components: (i) improving the quality of teaching and learning in secondary schools; (ii) improving access to education through ICT; (iii) establishing the Community Access Program and developing its partnerships; and (iv) strengthening education management and coordination, including improving analyses of economic efficiency, equity, and sustainability.
The Project will be implemented in two stages. This will allow the Government to assess the impact of SchoolNet and ICT on learning outcomes and postsecondary employment, and will contribute to strengthening the research and evaluation capacity of MESC.
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||The Government policy guidelines are in congruence with ADB's Pacific Strategy (2005-2009): Responding to the Priorities of the Poor and the ICT Blueprint for the Future for the Pacific. ADB's draft Country Partnership Strategy (2008-2012) with Samoa highlights the Government's interest in expanding the SchoolNet initiatives to the national level to (i) improve the quality of education for all, especially for the disadvantaged; (ii) meet the employment aspirations of the young; and (iii) contribute to an improved quality of life.|
|Impact||A more equitable and effective ICT-enhanced education system and promotion of life-long learning|
|Description of Outcome||Enhanced learning outcomes for secondary students and improved knowledge sharing through ICT.|
|Progress Toward Outcome||
70% of students in secondary schools have improved competencies in at least 3 academic subjects, relative to 2008 baseline data.
Status: mixed achievement in outcomes
50% of community members have ICT competencies to communicate and share knowledge.
Status: cannot report on this indicator
70% of teachers in secondary schools use ICT to teach cognitive skills and use interactive, student-centered, and authentic learning approaches.
Status: indicator achieved
E-learning materials for six secondary subjects developed, embed in the respective school curriculum, and disseminated to all secondary schools.
Status: indicator achieved for all subjects except agricultural science ---which has limited materials
|Description of Project Outputs||
Improved quality of teaching and learning using e-learning materials and approaches
Improved education access through ICT
Established partnerships to support SchoolNet and Community Access Program
Strengthened education management through ICT systems
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||Roll-out of e-learning resources hardware and software to schools commenced in 2013.|
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|Consulting Services||The Project will provide about 72 person-months of international consulting services and 108 person-months of national consulting services. All international and associated national consultants will be selected and recruited in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). Most international consulting services will be provided by one firm. Provision is included to recruit individual consultants for the Project Management Adviser position and for the Unallocated person-months as needed during the life of the Project. The Project will use the quality-based selection method for recruitment of a firm. Consultants commenced services on 01 November 2009.|
|Procurement||Invitation for bids for SchoolNET Equipment and Services for MESC Data Centre, school Local Area Network (LAN), and furniture for schools and MESC data centre posted on 19 August 2011.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Thonden, Chimi|
|Responsible ADB Department||Pacific Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD|
Ministry of Finance
Ms. Noumea Simi
Ministry of Finance
Government of Samoa
Private Bag, Apia, Samoa
|Concept Clearance||13 Aug 2007|
|Fact Finding||07 Aug 2007 to 18 Aug 2007|
|MRM||04 Oct 2007|
|Approval||14 Dec 2007|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|PDS Creation Date||13 Jul 2007|
|Last PDS Update||29 Sep 2016|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|14 Dec 2007||08 Jan 2008||17 Mar 2008||30 Jun 2013||31 Jan 2016||26 Sep 2016|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||6.90||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||5.90||14 Dec 2007||5.56||0.00||94%|
|Cofinancing||0.00||14 Dec 2007||5.56||0.00||94%|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|School Net and Community Access Project||Procurement Plans||Aug 2013|
|Grant Agreement for SchoolNet and Community Access Project between Independent State of Samoa and Asian Development Bank dated 8 January 2008||Grant Agreement||Jan 2008|
|SchoolNet and Community Access Project||Reports and Recommendations of the President||Nov 2007|
|SchoolNet and Community Access Project||Design and Monitoring Frameworks||Nov 2007|
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