Lao People's Democratic Republic: Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project

Sovereign Project | 42278-024

The Asian Development Bank is working with the Lao People's Democratic Republic to increase opportunities for young women to access technical and vocational education. The project is providing training for women who want to work in traditionally male occupations.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Chanthy, Khamtanh
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Modality
    • Grant
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project
Project Number 42278-024
Country Lao People's Democratic Republic
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0503-LAO: Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 25.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact Sufficient skilled labor available to maintain inclusive and sustainable development in the Lao PDR
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome TVET system expanded and aligned with evolving labor market needs
Progress Toward Outcome Virtual review mission fielded in June 2021.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Teaching and learning environments at eight TVET colleges upgraded

Quality and relevance of demand-driven programs improved

Access to TVET institutions for disadvantaged students increased

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Output 1:

1a. Completed. Completed construction of 8 TVET civil works in Champasack TVC, Dongkhamxang TC, Khammouane TVC, Polytechnic College, Savannaket TVC, Pakpasak College, and Vientiane-Hanoi Friendship Technical College. These facilities are operational.

Additional workshops and dormitories have also been constructed using project savings: (i) Vientiane-Hanoi Friendship TVC (2 dormitories) 90% as of 30 Jun 2021; (ii) Pakpasak TC (workshop building) 70% completed as of 30 Jun 2021; and (iii) Khammouane TVC (1 dormitory for male students) 80% completed as of 30 Jun 2021.

1b. Completed. Procurement of major training equipment to upgrade 8 TVET colleges has been completed.

List of equipment was cleared by the Vocational Education Development Institute and confirmed alignment with TVET curricula. Provision of equipment also requires corresponding training programs.

The prioritized trades or areas by colleges are: (i) Champasack TVC for IT-electronics equipment; (ii)

Dongkhamxang agriculture technical school for bio-agriculture and veterinary; (iii) Khammouane TVC for food processing; (iv) Polytechnic college for survey mapping and environment; (v) Technical college of Vientiane province for mechanical technology; (vi) Savannakhet TVC for road bridge construction and automotive/industrial machine; (vii) Pakpasak TVC for building construction and logistics; and (viii) Vientiane-Hanoi TVC for multimedia and graphics design and IT networking.

Additional equipment, using savings identified during the MTR, are procured for various trade areas.

1c. On track to meet target. The project constructed a total of 11 dormitories equipped with furniture and common kitchen to accommodate 1,056 students from rural remote and isolated districts and villages as part of expanding access to skills training and vocational education. Six out of 11 dormitories are reserved for female students. The dormitory management regulations and maintenance are strictly enforced for daily maintenance and inspection; progress of which is posted on the dormitory boards. College management conducts monthly inspection and awards recognition for well performing teams. Champasack TVC provided 10 bicycles per dormitories so that the students can commute to nearby markets and shops after classes. The college managers confirmed that the dormitories provided are reserved for students coming from rural districts and villages; and that the dormitory facilities are with 100% occupancy.

Output 2:

2a. Completed. As of 15 June 2021, 1,102 teachers from 23 TVET institutions received training on the use of LCA (RRP called student-centered teaching), of whom 479 (43%) were women, and 175 (19%) were from ethnic groups. 676 out of 1,102 participants were teachers and instructors from the 8 project colleges, of whom 339 (50%) were women.

2b. On track to meet target. As of 15 June 2021, 533 (79%) out of 676 received LCA training (female 252) in eight project colleges. Tracking revealed that 453 (85%) of those teachers were certified to adopt the LCA, of whom 230 (51%) were women.

2c. On track to meet target. The project colleges confirmed that teachers and instructors have allocated 80% of the lesson hours for hands-on exercise to allow students having more time to familiarize with the equipment and learn how to use them. This can directly build their confidence in using the equipment when employed.

2d. Completed. (i) Academic year 2018/2019: The first batch of 44 scholars including 4 (9% female) teachers, where 32 undertook their study in the country while 12 pursued studies in Thailand. Out of the 44 scholars, 29, including 3 women, graduated and the remaining 14 are preparing their thesis for their graduation in Q4 2021. One female scholar left the program due to health problems. Ethnic scholars include 2 males (5%) and none ethnic female pursing master's degree.

(ii) Academic year 2018/2019: The second batch included 71 and comprised of 41 female (58%) scholars. 65 undertook in-country bachelor's and master's degrees (36 female), of which 42 graduated. Five pursued master's degree in Thailand and Viet Nam, of whom 3 already graduated. The remaining 29 scholars are expected to graduate in Q4 2021. Number of ethnic scholars includes 5 teachers (7%), of whom 3 women.

(iii) Academic year 2019/2020: Under the third batch, 39 (including 15 female, 38%) teachers and managers pursued in-country studies; 1 male scholar is studying in Thailand; 5 taking up their bachelor's degree, of whom 3 are women, are expected to graduate in Q4 2021; and 34 are taking up their master's degrees (12 women and 27 of masters' degree are expected to be completed in Q4 2021, and 7 master degrees will be completed in Q1 2022. There are 3 ethnic scholars, of whom 2 are women.

2e. On track to meet target. 100% of students in diploma and high diploma courses participate in the internship programs.

Output 3:

3a. Completed. Criteria for selection of stipends recipient approved by ADB in Jul 2017 (6 months after project effectiveness).

3b. Completed. As of 15 Jun 2021, the project provides stipends to a total of 4,812 students including 2,606 women (54% against DMF target is 50% women). Of these stipend recipients, 4,445 (92%) come from low-income families (against a target of 1,000 students) including 2,411 women (54% against a target of 50%) and 669 (25%) from ethnic groups. The project records reveal that 3,944 (82%) stipend holders have already completed their trainings, of which 47% were interviewed. Of those interviewed, 18% are employed, and 17% have become self-employed.

3c. Completed. TVET promotion firm was deployed in December 2018 to support TVED for revising the TVET promotion strategy and assist the project colleges to develop promotion activities. The evidence from their studies revealed a social media campaign was necessary to reach the primary decision makers, the students themselves. Supported by trainings delivered by the firm, each college built their own Facebook Alumni group and official, branded Facebook pages to communicate with the general public. The colleges have assigned staff from IT, student affairs, and academic staff divisions to update the college activities and track real time views. The DDG of each college oversees moderators of the pages and groups. The TVED started its own news and public affairs page; TVET Girls Page, Marketplace, and Jobs page to support the campaigns of the 8 TVET colleges. This was a resource for colleges to select and share general TVET promotions content. The firm also assisted the EMIS create their own YouTube channel. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic where face-to-face outreach was limited, through these channels, the audience of the TVET colleges kept growing steadily just by students and teachers sharing the pages in their networks. Colleges are enthusiastic about creating original content about their school image, new facilities, and hands-on exercises for the public to view the new image of skills training. A survey on Lao Perception on TVET revealed that 87% of secondary school student respondents now view TVET as equal to or greater than a university degree.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project will build upon the ongoing Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Project (STVET). The project will include minor civil works to upgrade dormitories and rehabilitate workshops and classrooms on existing, government-owned school sites. During the construction phase there might be minimal environmental impacts such as dust, noise and construction waste. The PPTA team also includes a civil engineer to ensure that workshops, classrooms and dormitories are designed in compliance with government planning regulations and building codes; and would address potential environmental impacts including most suitable options for management of wastewater and sewage to be discharged from the buildings.
Involuntary Resettlement The project will build upon the ongoing Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Project (STVET). The project will continue to support the schools under the STVET and some new schools which will be identified during the PPTA. The new project will construct dormitories and rehabilitate workshop and classrooms in the existing school compound. Therefore, land acquisition and resettlement are not anticipated. However, there are expected to cause minor or temporary disruption during the construction phase. During the PPTA, it will be determined if a category C for IR can be considered.
Indigenous Peoples SSTVET is not expected to have adverse impacts on IPs. SSTVET will provide substantial benefits to IPs. IPs will access to information related vocational courses, training assistance vouchers. SSTVET will construct dormitories to accommodate poor and IPs students, particularly girls while they undertake training courses in the project schools. The PMU will establish a mechanism to ensure IPs equitable access to the benefits to enhance positive impact and mitigate any negative impacts on IPs.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design A Stakeholder Communications Strategy Framework (SCSF) has been developed for the project, which will guide the design of a TVET Promotion Strategy to inform stakeholders about the benefits of TVET and the TVET services offered under the project, as well as to increase TVET enrollment and utilization of the stipend for eligible disadvantaged students. The TVET Promotion Strategy will build on social marketing plans and products created previously by MOES and expand on them to i) strengthen national level media and branding activities to promote positive perceptions and build awareness, trust and credibility of TVET, and ii) strengthen the roll out of social marketing activities in the communities in the geographic area of each of the 8 project colleges, equipping the colleges to develop and implement their own community outreach and career guidance campaigns.The TVET Promotion Strategy will be designed and implemented by a communications firm under direction of TVED. The project colleges will, with support of the firm, create community outreach and career guidance plans to deliver TVET promotion in their respective geographic areas. The firm will create a toolkit with standard operating procedures, guidelines, templates, suggested activities and resources to enable the schools to design and deliver these plans, and provide capacity building and ongoing advisory support to colleges administratorsand MOES staff to ensure effective delivery of the plans. Key channels of communication that will be used at the national level include: TV/print/radio media products, a digital communication strategy including mobile, internet and social media activities, and the creation of a consistent brand identify for TVET. Channels that will be used at the college level include local customization of the national level products as well as community awareness activities; use of local media and cultural events; partnerships with secondary school career guidance units and career guidance/demonstration events targeting prospective students; and collaboration with organizations and leaders with influence in the community.The TVET Promotion Strategy will make use of approaches and channels that support engagement with female students, ethnic and linguistic minorities and the poor, and will ensure that poor students are aware of the availability of the stipend program and how to utilize it. A monitoring and evaluation framework will be created as part of the TVET Promotion Strategy, which will include indicators to track and assess reach to these groups.
During Project Implementation The project is collaborating with the Lao Women's Union and the Lao Youth Union in various project activities. Representatives from theunions contributed to finalize the stipend program selection criteria and participated as members of the selection committees. The Unions are participating in TVET promotion activities at college level and raising awareness of TVET students on human trafficking and drug prevention.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services To support the overall facilitation of the project, TVED is supported by a team of consultants, based at the PMU and consist of (i) an international Team Leader, (ii) a national deputy team leader, (iii) a financial expert, (iv) a procurement expert, (v) an M&E specialist, (vi) a gender expert, and (vii) 3 support staff.
Procurement

All procurement of goods and works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time). A procurement capacity assessment report has been developed during project design.

International competitive bidding procedures will be used for civil works contracts estimated to cost $3 million or more, and goods contracts valued at $1 million. Contracts for works of more than $100,000 but less than $3 million will follow national competitive bidding procedures. Supply contracts for goods estimated below $1 million but above $100,000 will be awarded on the basis of national competitive bidding. Items costing $100,000 or less will be procured through shopping.

Before the start of any procurement, ADB and the government will review the public procurement laws of the central and state governments to ensure consistency with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2015, as amended from time to time).

Responsible ADB Officer Chanthy, Khamtanh
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education and Sports
Lane Xang Avenue
Vientiane
Lao People's Democratic Republic
Timetable
Concept Clearance 08 Jan 2016
Fact Finding 30 May 2016 to 10 Jun 2016
MRM 19 Jul 2016
Approval 18 Oct 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 28 Sep 2021

Grant 0503-LAO

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Oct 2016 08 Nov 2016 03 Jan 2017 30 Jun 2022 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 26.50 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 25.00 19 Oct 2021 23.83 0.00 95%
Counterpart 1.50 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 19 Oct 2021 24.99 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory - - - -

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Title Document Type Document Date
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Sep 2021
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Training Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Feb 2021
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Oct 2020
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2019
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Audited Project Financial Statements (January-December 2017) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2018
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Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0503-LAO: Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project Grant Agreement Nov 2016
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Sep 2016
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Training Project: Project Administration Manual Project/Program Administration Manual Sep 2016
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Training Project: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Sep 2016
Second Technical and Vocational Education Development: Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Report Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Reports Jan 2016
Second Technical and Vocational Education Development Project: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Jan 2016

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-December 2020) Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2021
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Khammouane Technical and Vocational College Updated Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jun 2020
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Pakpasak Technical College Updated Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jun 2020
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2019) Environmental Monitoring Reports Mar 2020
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Technical College of Vientiane Province - Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2019
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Champasack Technical and Vocational College - Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2019
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Training Project: Polytechnic College (PC) Updated Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2019
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Vientiane- Hanoi Friendship Technical and Vocational College - Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2019
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Dongkhamxang Agricultural Technical College - Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2019
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2019) Environmental Monitoring Reports Sep 2019
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (July–December 2018) Environmental Monitoring Reports Feb 2019
Second Strengthening Technicaland Vocational Education and Training Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-June 2018) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2018
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Training Project: Khammouane Technical-Vocational College Initial Environmental Examination Environmental Assessment and Measures Oct 2017
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Training Project: Pakpasak Technical College (PTC), Vientiane-Hanoi Friendship Technical and Vocational College (VHC) and Polytechnic College (PC) Initial Environmental Examination Environmental Assessment and Measures Oct 2017
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Training Project: Savannakhet Technical and Vocational College Initial Environmental Examination Environmental Assessment and Measures Oct 2017
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education Training Project: Initial Environmental Examination Initial Environmental Examination Aug 2016

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.


Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
ADB Grant No. 053-LAO: Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project (SSTVETP) G01 Invitation for Bids Closed 29 Jul 2019 09 Sep 2019
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project Individual - Consulting Closed 03 May 2018 14 May 2018
Procurement Assistance Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Feb 2018 16 Feb 2018
Second Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Feb 2018 12 Feb 2018
TVET Capacity Building Measures Consulting Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 30 Nov 2017 29 Dec 2017
TVET Promotion Strategy Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 30 Nov 2017 29 Dec 2017
ICS15 Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Nov 2017 05 Dec 2017
ICS04(2) Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Aug 2017 18 Aug 2017
ICS30 Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Aug 2017 18 Aug 2017
ICS31 Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Aug 2017 18 Aug 2017
ICS21 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS16 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS12 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS23 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS19 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS18 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS22 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS20 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS28 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS24 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS29 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS25 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS26 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS27 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017
ICS17 Individual - Consulting Closed 03 Aug 2017 16 Aug 2017

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
PMU CONTRACT EXTENSIONS (UP TO MAY 2021) Grant 0503 04 May 2020 VARIOUS | VARIOUS LAO PEOPLE'S DEM REP Ministry of Education and Sports 116,600.00
TVET PROMOTION STRATEGY DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION Grant 0503 20 Nov 2018 PUBLICUS ASIA INC. | UNIT 1103 JOLLIBEE PLAZA COND. F.ORTIGAS JR.RD ORTIGAS CTR. PASIG CITY PHILIPPINES Ministry of Education and Sports 687,301.00
CONSULTING SERVICES FOR THE DESIGN AND CAPACITY STRENGTHENING MEASURES AT TVET COLLEGES Grant 0503 10 Sep 2018 ASIAN MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE | 9TH FLOOR SUCED BLDG. 108 NGUYEN HOANG NAM TU LIEM DISTRICT HANOI VIET NAM SOC REP OF Ministry of Education and Sports 819,850.00
PIU STAFF (NATIONAL CONSULTANTS) Grant 0503 01 Aug 2017 VARIOUS | VARIOUS LAO PEOPLE'S DEM REP Ministry of Education and Sports 100,000.00
Signed Contract with PIU Team Leader Grant 0503 23 May 2017 Bernadette Gonzales | 4F Sandoval Building Shaw Blvd. Pasig City Philippines Ministry of Education and Sports 360,000.00
Signed Contract With Piu Team Leader Grant 0503 23 May 2017 Bernadette Gonzales | 4F Sandoval Building Shaw Blvd. Pasig City Philippines Ministry Of Education And Sports 360,000.00