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Bangladesh: Capacity Development for Madrasah Education

Sovereign (Public) Project | 39297-012 Status: Closed

Improve the quality of madrasah secondary education

Project Details

Project Officer
Chowdhury, Kowsar P. South Asia Department Request for information
  • Bangladesh
  • Technical Assistance
  • Education
Project Name Capacity Development for Madrasah Education
Project Number 39297-012
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7206-BAN: Capacity Development for Madrasah Education
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description Improve the quality of madrasah secondary education
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of Bangladesh (Government) aims at modernizing and mainstreaming madrasah education as an expressed policy objective. This is also reflected in Government?s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper as the madrasahs mainly serve the poor and rural children of Bangladesh and very much lag behind mainstream education in terms of teaching and learning quality. The external efficiency of madrasha education also seems low as most of the graduates remain unemployed or underemployed.

Madrasah education is a parallel system of mainstream general education. Within it, there are two streams of madrasahs covering primary, and secondary levels- the Aliya madrasahs that broadly follow the national school curriculum together with religious lessons and are recognized by the government and receive government subvention, and Qaumi madrasahs that do not follow the national school curriculum but focus more on religious teachings. The Qaumi madrasahs do not receive government subvention. However, currently there is a lack of detailed information on the status of the two streams of madrasahs -- number of students and staff as well as curricula. Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) estimates that about 10% of secondary school population (age 11-15 for grades 6-10) was enrolled in madrasahs in 2005. It is not known if this data include students from Qaumi madrasah. The dropout rate at 76% for both genders with 82% for girls was very high. Internal efficiency rate was only 29% in 2005 for the grade 6-10 madrasah students. There are no other precise data available for madrasah education. Therefore there is a need to develop a comprehensive map of madrasah education through the combined efforts of Government including Ministry of Education (MOE), Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board (BMEB), Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME), BANBEIS and non-government institutions bringing within its purview both recognized and unrecognized madrasahs. This technical assistance (TA) would enable a comprehensive assessment of issues, challenges and opportunities and recommend ways to address them systematically.

The Country Partnership Strategy Mission in 2007 for the proposed assistance pipeline for nonlending products and services from 2007 to 2010 includes this Capacity Building for Madrasah Education advisory TA as firm for 2008. The TA will complement current assistance to the secondary education sector, through the ongoing Secondary Education Sector Development Project and the Teaching Quality Improvement in Secondary Education Project. Secondary Education Sector Development Project supports the implementation of several reforms to improve education in general secondary schools and includes some assistance to madrasah. Under the Teaching Quality Improvement in Secondary Education Project, all new madrasah teachers were to be trained in Madrasah Teacher Training Institute for minimum 1 year at B.Ed level. Madrasah Teacher Training Institute also received assistance to develop a specialized module covering religious studies for the standardized B.Ed course. At the primary subsector, MoPME intends to include primary level madrasah, under the umbrella of the Education for All:National Plan of Action (NPAII) 2003-2015 as the basis to formulate future support program in the primary subsector. Therefore, the proposed TA will be implemented in the context of overall school education subsector and will maintain close links with all ongoing assistance in the sector.

Impact Modernization and mainstreaming of madrasah education at primary and secondary levels in Bangladesh, leading to improved learning outcomes
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Strengthened Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board and related agencies responsible for madrasah education with increased human, organizational, and institutional capacity
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

A comprehensive analysis of the madrasah subsector in Bangladesh

Strategies and a road map for developing the madrasah subsector

Proposals for investments in priority areas for modernizing and mainstreaming the madrasah subsector

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
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services An international consulting firm in association with national consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time). The TA will provide a total of 50 person-months (pm) of consulting services (16 pm of international and 34 pm of national).
Responsible ADB Officer Chowdhury, Kowsar P.
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education
Mr. Md. Momtajul Islam, Secretary
Shikkha Bhaban, 16 Abdul Ghani Road Dhaka-1000 Bangladesh
Ministry of Education
Syed Ataur Rahman
Ministry of Education Bldg No. 6, Floor 17 & 18 Bangladesh Secretariat Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Concept Clearance 29 May 2008
Fact Finding 13 Jul 2008 to 27 Jul 2008
Approval 12 Dec 2008
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 20 Jun 2008
Last PDS Update 22 Jul 2010

TA 7206-BAN

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2008 01 Sep 2009 01 Sep 2009 30 Sep 2010 30 Sep 2011 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,000,000.00 0.00 180,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,180,000.00 12 Dec 2008 924,420.12

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Title Document Type Document Date
Capacity Development for Madrasah Education TA Completion Reports Jan 2012
Capacity Development for Madrasah Education Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2008

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