Bangladesh : Third Primary Education Development Project- Additional Financing

Sovereign Project | 42122-016

The Asian Development Bank is working with Bangladesh to improve the quality and reach of education for more than 16 million children in elementary schools. The project supports a government program to reduce disparities between schools and regions, to improve teaching standards, and to strengthen access to quality education for all groups, particularly the poor and those living in rural areas.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Rudi Louis Hendrikus Van Dael
    South Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Approval Date
    20 May 2015
  • Country/Economy
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Third Primary Education Development Project- Additional Financing
Project Number 42122-016
Country / Economy
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Third Primary Education Development Project- Additional Financing
United Nations Children's Fund US$ 100,000.00
European Union US$ 46.50 million
Global Partnership for Education US$ 100.00 million
Loan 3256-: Third Primary Education Development Project- Additional Financing
Asian Development Fund US$ 120.00 million
Loan: Third Primary Education Development Project- Additional Financing
World Bank US$ 400.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Pre-primary and primary

Gender Gender equity

The Third Primary Education Development Project is working to improve the education of more than 16 million children in Bangladesh . Through the project, the Government of Bangladesh is working with development partners, including the Asian Development Bank, to improve both the quality and equity of the country's primary school system.

The project is supporting Government efforts to establish an integrated school system that combines the work of public and private schools, as well as those operated by non-government organizations. This includes efforts to reduced class sizes, improve teaching and provide a greater focus on information and communication technology. This is part of a broader initiative to raise the level of free, compulsory education from grade five to grade eight. The Government of Bangladesh is using the Primary Education Development Project, which is being administered in three phases, to raise the standard of education in the country so that all children girls and boys, those who live in poor rural areas or urban slums, members of marginalized and vulnerable community groups all receive the same high level of education.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Bangladesh has one of the largest primary school systems in the world, with more than 16 million children enrolled in more than 80,000 elementary schools. Considerable progress has been made in improving access to free primary education. Enrollment rates in the country have dramatically improved in recent years and there are as many girls enrolled in elementary school as there are boys. Despite the achievements, problems persist. Many students continue to drop out of school while others are forced to undergo the often humiliating process of repeating a grade. Many students and teachers are also absent too often, and children in grades three and five continue to show low levels of achievement. The government is responding to challenges in the country's education system through the 2010 National Education Policy, in which the Third Primary Education Development Project plays a key role.
Impact Quality education for all Bangladeshi children.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome An efficient, inclusive, and equitable primary education system delivering effective and relevant child-friendly learning to all Bangladesh's children from pre-primary through Grade 5 primary.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Improved teaching and learning for all.

2. Reduced disparities and universal access and participation.

3. Decentralized and effective organization of the primary education system.

4. Improved program planning and management.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement B
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project remains environment category B. The common harmonized environmental management framework was prepared at the start with the World Bank and reviewed, resulting in minor adjustments as part of the MTR and additional financing process. Implementation is compliant and no major changes were made.
Involuntary Resettlement The project remains category B for both involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples' safeguards. The common harmonized social management framework, which includes both aspects, was prepared at the start with the World Bank and reviewed thoroughly, with further strengthening in gender inclusiveness and the monitoring process as part of the MTR and additional financing. No major changes were made and implementation is compliant. No private homesteads will be acquired nor will vulnerable squatters be made homeless. The two joint frameworks harmonize ADB and World Bank safeguards policies, and show the exemplary development partner collaboration.
Indigenous Peoples Same as Involuntary Resettlement.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Different types of consultation and participation were undertaken at different levels. Continuous dialogue and collaboration were maintained in a planned manner with the development partners and various government ministries and departments to develop and agree on a macro level framework and coverage of the proposed program. Nongovernment organizations were involved to capture good practices and a design partnership mechanism for working together under the framework. At the community level, consultation and workshops were required for social, gender, and environmental assessments; assessment of the requirements for inclusive education; and for developing action plans and strategies.
During Project Implementation Various technical assistance supported by ADB and other development partners reviewed the existing participation mechanisms of PEDP3 and Second Primary Education Development Project (teacher association, school management committee, parent- teacher association, school level improvement plans and upazila (sub-district) primary education plan development, and field level institutions; and suggested ways for improving partnership and participation during the implementation phase.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All implementation arrangements, summarized in Table 3 of the RRP and described in detail in the updated PAM, will remain the same. ADB and the World Bank annually approve the procurement plan for national competitive bidding --ADB for consulting services and the World Bank for international competitive bidding. An 18-month procurement plan has been included in the updated PAM, the program document, and the World Bank additional financing documents. All consulting services will be engaged using ADB''s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). The World Bank will not finance consulting services.
Procurement The ADB loan proceeds will continue to be used to finance goods, works, and related services procured using national competitive bidding. Such procurement follows the government's Public Procurement Act, 2006, and Public Procurement Rules, 2008, with modifications to and/or clarifications on the procedures agreed between the government, ADB, and other development partners as set out in the PAM, procurement plan, and the joint financing arrangement, acceptable to ADB, and in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2013, as amended from time to time). Aside from ADB, other development partners jointly finance goods, works, and related services procured using national competitive bidding. Based on the performance in the first years of the program, specific capacity development actions have been agreed during MTR, as reflected in the PFM action plan to continue mitigating risks and improving performance. After successfully pilot testing e-procurement for works contracts under PEDP3, PEDP3 will support the Local Government Engineering Department and the Department of Public Health Engineering to expand e-procurement. ADB will not finance any goods and works that will be procured using international competitive bidding, as this will follow World Bank guidelines.
Responsible ADB Officer Rudi Louis Hendrikus Van Dael
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Bangladesh Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Primary and Mass Education
[email protected]
Mirpur-2, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 07 Sep 2014 to 24 Sep 2014
MRM 13 Feb 2015
Approval 20 May 2015
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 14 Apr 2015

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No tenders for this project were found.

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
WA #0005 FOR TOTAL USD17.79 MILLION. JCM HELD ON 29 NOVEMBER 2017 Loan 3256 04 Dec 2017 VARIOUS | VARIOUS BANGLADESH Ministry of Primary and Mass Education 17,790,000.00 17,790,000.00
WA 0004-5 Dlis (1) Production and Dist. of Textbooks, (2) Diploma in Pri Edu, (3)Pre-Pri Edu, (4) Decentrazlied School Mgt., (5) Annual Census Loan 3256 07 Jun 2017 Various | Various, Bangladesh Ministry of Primary and Mass Education 13,330,000.00 13,330,000.00

Procurement Plan

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