Improve the quality of madrasah secondary education
|Project Name||Capacity Development for Madrasah Education|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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|
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|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|12 Dec 2008||01 Sep 2009||01 Sep 2009||30 Sep 2010||30 Sep 2011||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|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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