China, People's Republic of: Guangxi Nanning Vocational Education Development Project

Sovereign Project | 46047-002 Status: Active


ADB is helping the People’s Republic of China improve the training of kindergarten teachers and nurses in Nanning city in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The project will upgrade facilities and equipment at No. 4 Vocational Secondary School and Nanning Health School, develop elderly care curriculum for the nursing program, and set up pilot training in kindergarten teaching and rural health.

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Project Name Guangxi Nanning Vocational Education Development Project
Project Number 46047-002
Country China, People's Republic of
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3095-PRC: Guangxi Nanning Vocational Education Demonstration Project
Ordinary capital resources US$ 50.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Pre-primary and primary - social protection initiatives - Technical and vocational education and training

Health - Health insurance and subsidized health programs

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The proposed project will help improve the capacity and effectiveness of social services focused technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Nanning. It will support improvement of No. 4 Vocational Secondary School and Nanning Health School, thereby creating a cadre of qualified kindergarten teachers and nurses to address current skilled worker shortages and inadequate extension of social services. The proposed project will be only the second Asian Development Bank (ADB)-financed TVET investment project in the People's Republic of China (PRC), and will play a demonstration role for the sector and provinces seeking to provide quality public social services.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Strengthening TVET is a priority under the PRC Government's Twelfth Five-Year Plan. The plan outlines measures to establish a sound and sustainable basic public service system , with a focus on public education and medical care. The National Medium- and Long-term Education Reform and Development Plan (2010 2020) calls for preschool education to be developed so that by 2020, one-year preschool will become the norm, two-years universalized, and three-years popularized. The priorities in the National Health Care Reform include strengthening primary health care services and the grassroots health workforce. Thus, development of TVET for preschool education and health is urgently needed to meet these goals.

Nanning is the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GZAR), one of the 12 less-developed provinces and autonomous regions in the western part of the PRC and a gateway to the Pan-Beibu Gulf and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regions. The development of Nanning as a regional urban center has led to rapid urbanization and an annual growth rate of 15.5%. Industrialization has created a rising demand for skilled workers and extension of social services to provide balanced access and social development in rural and urban areas.

The Three-Year Action Plan for Preschool Education Development in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (2011 2013) will build, renovate, or expand 6,628 kindergarten schools to increase enrollment to 1.33 million and will need to employ an additional 21,000 new teachers. Currently, there is a severe shortage of qualified teachers, kindergartens, and medical personnel. In 2011, there were only 600 preschool teachers graduated in the province. Increasing the numbers and providing assessment, retraining, and certification to existing teachers are all urgent needs. Nanning Municipal Government (NMG) must build up the public social service system to respond to increased demand. In 2010, the national average was 7.6 health personnel per 1,000 urban residents but GZAR s average is only 3.6 health personnel per 1,000 residents. The Twelfth Five-Year Plan also responds to the challenge of an aging society by aiming to create improved elderly care and qualified personnel. There is an urgent need to expand the health services with well trained personnel.

Strategic fit. The project supports the PRC's Twelfth Five-Year Plan (2011 2015) goals of reform of TVET and expansion of public services. The project will contribute to creating a qualified labor force and access to social services. Over 90% of the students in the TVET schools are female and from rural areas. The project aligns with the PRC's country partnership strategy of ADB and conforms to ADB's Education Policy and sector operations plan.

Special features. The project has the following demonstration features: (i) a model school for preschool teacher training that will support teacher development, student training, and curriculum improvement; (ii) development of rural health training centers to make the training curriculum for nurses and rural doctors more relevant to rural requirements. The centers will train students during their internship or refresher courses; and (iii) development of a curriculum for elderly care. To anticipate the growing elderly care industry and the need for nurses with specific skills, the project will assist in developing an elderly care curriculum in the Health TVET School.

Impact Improved delivery of social services in Nanning Municipality

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Increased TVET quality and training capacity in the NHS and NVTS by 2020
Progress Toward Outcome

The loan became effective only on 15 August 2014. Contract awards for start up specialist approved by ADB on 17 March 2014. Imprest account was established and first disbursement made in December 2014. Contract awards for civil works packages CT-01 and CH-01 have been approved by ADB in March 2015, CH-02 have been approved by ADB in July 2014 , and one equipment package have been approved by ADB in October 2014.

Loan inception mission was field on 2-6 March 2015 and review mission 30 August -1 September 2016.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Buildings, campus facilities, and equipment upgraded

Pilot programs implemented in project schools

TVET capacity strengthened in project schools

Project management support implemented

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

1. Three (CT-01, CH-01 and CH-02) of the four civil works contract packages have been signed and awarded. The bidding document for the remaining contract (CT-02) has been reviewed but advertisement was delayed because the bidding document is revised in consideration of the new design requirement due to PRC's introduction of building fire protection design's relevant provisions.

2. Pilot programs to be closely monitored in project schools.

3. Ongoing recruitment for the TVET capacity building and management consulting package.

4. PMO fully staffed and there is strong commitment from PMO in project administration.

Geographical Location

Safeguard Categories

Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects The consultants will provide guidance to the domestic environmental impact assessment (EIA) institutes, review the domestic environment impact statements (EISs) prepared for the project components, and ensure that all project domestic EISs get approval by relevant environment protection authorities. Based on the review of the EISs, the consultants will help prepare a consolidated project initial environmental examination (IEE) report, including environment management plan (EMP) in ADB's required format and complying with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) (SPS). The consultants will assess the capacity of the executing agency and implementing agencies for environmental management, monitoring and supervision, and recommend required measures for capacity building and institutional strengthening. The consultants will assist the executing agency with meaningful consultation and participation during IEE, and establishment of a project level grievance redress mechanism. The consultants will prepare contractor specifications for environmental management and monitoring. The consultants will also establish environmental baseline indicators and performance targets for the design and monitoring framework, and prepare the required RRP appendixes.
Involuntary Resettlement The consultants will conduct due diligence on land acquisition, resettlement activities, and proposed construction plans and submit due diligence reports in accordance with ADB requirements.
Indigenous Peoples The consultants will conduct a thorough scoping of ethnic minority issues in the project area and, if deemed necessary, prepare an ethnic minority development plan (EMDP) in accordance with ADB requirements. The consultants will also prepare the summary EMDP.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The main stakeholders include the students and staff of the two schools, Nanning Education Bureau, Nanning DRC and Finance Bureau, Nanning TVET association, other TVET secondary schools providing public services TVET instruction, health and kindergarten public and private services and employers, regional cooperation partners.The PPTA will conduct a poverty and social analysis and address social safeguards. Socioeconomic survey, stakeholder workshops, focus group discussions, and informant interviews will be conducted during the PPTA.
During Project Implementation Both the Nanning Health School (NHS) and No. 4 Vocational Training School (NVTS) have initiated discussions on creating school enterprise partnerships. NHS has established two industry consultations commissions: one on elderly care and one on rural health.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services The consulting services will be engaged by ADB, in accordance with ADB Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time), to ensure immediate mobilization to facilitate project scoping. ADB will select and engage an international firm based on the quality of the proposal (80%) and the cost (20%) of the services to be provided (the quality- and cost-based selection method, QCBS) using the simplified technical proposal procedure. A total of 54 person-months of consulting services (18 international and 36 national) are required. The firm will provide expertise in TVET, labor market analysis, competency-based curriculum, services-school collaboration, training of instructors, management of TVET, finance and economics, engineering, poverty and social assessment and development, resettlement, environment, institutional development, and project management.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Walker, Wendy M.
Responsible ADB Department East Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD
Executing Agencies
Nanning Municipal Government
129 Dongge Road
Nanning City
People's Republic of China


Concept Clearance 10 Sep 2012
Fact Finding 17 Jun 2013 to 26 Jun 2013
MRM 12 Aug 2013
Approval 13 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2016

Loan 3095-PRC

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
13 Dec 2013 30 May 2014 15 Aug 2014 30 Sep 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 102.69 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 50.00 13 Dec 2013 25.92 0.00 52%
Counterpart 52.69 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 13 Dec 2013 17.95 0.00 36%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Guangxi Nanning Vocational Education Development Project Initial Environmental Examination Jul 2013

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