The Asian Development Bank is working with Mongolia to upgrade school dormitory facilities in the western region, used mainly by students from poor herder families. The project is carrying out building improvements and dormitory staff training in three provinces with high poverty levels to improve the overall environment and encourage families in remote areas to send their children to school.
|Project Name||Improving School Dormitory Environment for Primary Students in Western Region Project|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Grant
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education / Education sector development
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy|
School dormitory system reformed
Equal access to quality education increased
Universal primary education achieved
|Description of Outcome||Models to improve physical dormitory environment and services in three aimags of the western region established and implemented|
|Progress Toward Outcome||The project has been successfully completed achieving all its intended outputs and outcome by 30 September 2019, and was financially closed as of 4 March 2020. The project final workshop was conducted on 30 September 2019 with representatives of the project executing agency and beneficiaries.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Physical school dormitory environment improved
Capacity to deliver school dormitory services improved
Policy and regulatory frameworks to improve the school dormitory environment developed
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
The project has been successfully completed achieving all its intended outputs and outcome, and was financially closed as of 4 March 2020.
Due to the shortage of funds, 12 school dormitory buildings were renovated in accordance with the relevant standards and requirements. The dormitories were renovated to adequately cope with winter temperatures, wind, and precipitation. The dormitories were equipped with WASH facilities that meet the MECSS minimum requirements. Specifically, the dormitories have proper number of faucets, toilets and showers according to their capacity of numbers (1 faucet per 30, 1 toilet per 30 girls and 40 boys and 1 shower per 20 children). The furniture, equipment, books, education tools, sports tools, STEM tools, educational science materials, musical instruments and other teaching and learning items were supplied to the child development rooms of the target school dormitories under the project.
The capacity building activities were conducted for the school dormitory teachers and guards, the school principals, primary grade teachers, accountants and cooks, staff of the local education departments, and aimag authorities on various issues related to health, safety, services and environment of the school dormitories. The experience sharing workshops for all dormitory teachers of all schools in country, were conducted in the project aimags in August 2019 with participation of 719 dormitory and primary grade teachers, social workers, staff of education department.
The project also supported improving the regulatory framework for the school dormitory. The Comprehensive Standard for School Dormitory Environment and Services, which was developed under the project, was approved on 30 September 2019 by the Standardization and Metrology Agency. The options of funding formula for school dormitory meals were developed under the project, and by the government decision the per student dormitory meal cost was increased from MNT2,315 to MNT3,472.
|Geographical Location||Nation-wide, Dzavhan Aymag, Govi-Altay Aymag, Uvs Aymag|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The project is classified as category C for environment safeguard and is likely to have minimal adverse environmental impacts. The General Environmental Management Plan (GEMP) defines all potential minor adverse impacts of the repair and extension works, monitoring requirements and institutional responsibilities during the civil works. According to the requirement of ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (SPS, 2009), the Project was categorized as _C_ for environment since it was unlikely to have adverse environmental impacts. The major negative environmental impacts were associated with increased level of noise and dust due to the usage of vehicles and building mechanization. Construction debris generated during rehabilitation works were disposed according to environment management plan.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||The project is categorized as C for involuntary resettlement category as it will not require any land acquisition or resettlement. Involuntary settlement have not occurred during project implementation. Construction activities were accommodated within existing premises avoiding land acquisition and/or resettlement. There were no temporary or permanent loss of land or other assets.|
|Indigenous Peoples||The project is categorized as B for indigenous peoples. In accordance with the study done by the Social Development Specialist, there are no any ethnic minority groups and issues in Gobi- Altai and Zavkhan aimags. There are several ethnic minority groups living in Uvs aimag. Khoton ethnic group live in Tarialan soum of Uvs aimag, where 97% of total children living in the dormitory is Khoton children. Only 10-20% of total children living in the dormitories are children of Durvud and Bayad ethnic groups in Sagil soum of Uvs aimag. Only 6 kazakh children live in the dormitory of Khovd soum of Uvs aimag. Except Kazakh ethnic group, there is no big difference in terms of language, religion, and cultural aspects between the ethnic groups. Indigenous peoples weren't affected by the project.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||Major stakeholders, including central government agencies, aimag governments, school management, dormitory staff, primary teachers, students, parents, herder families, ethnic minority groups, etc. have been consulted and results of the consultations have been incorporated into the project design.|
|During Project Implementation||The PIU prepares a briefing on the project implementation periodically for the MECSS and MOF. Public consultation during construction relied on informal interviews with the school staff and nearby residents during site inspections by the PIU, the architectural engineers, and the environment specialist. In line with SSEMP, construction companies placed grievance boxes at the construction site in view of public. Grievance redress mechanisms were followed by construction companies.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Lonjid, Itgel|
|Responsible ADB Department||East Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Mongolia Resident Mission|
Ministry of Education and Science
Government Building-III, Suite # 514, Baga toiruu-44, Sukhbaatar district
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia Ministry of Education and Science
Government Building-III, Suite # 514, Baga toiruu-44, Sukhbaatar district
|Concept Clearance||02 Jul 2015|
|Fact Finding||28 May 2015 to 15 Jun 2015|
|MRM||21 Jul 2015|
|Approval||26 Nov 2015|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||02 Apr 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|26 Nov 2015||26 Jan 2016||16 Mar 2016||30 Apr 2019||30 Sep 2019||04 Mar 2020|
|Financing Plan||Grant Utilization|
|Total (Amount in US$ million)||Date||ADB||Others||Net Percentage|
|Project Cost||3.38||Cumulative Contract Awards|
|ADB||0.00||26 Nov 2015||0.00||2.97||99%|
|Cofinancing||3.00||26 Nov 2015||0.00||2.97||99%|
|Status of Covenants|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Improving School Dormitory Environment for Primary Students in Western Region Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-December 2018)||Environmental Monitoring Reports||Apr 2019|
|Improving School Dormitory Environment for Primary Students in Western Region Project: Environmental Monitoring Report (January-December 2017)||Environmental Monitoring Reports||Dec 2017|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Legal Specialist (to develop comprehensive standards for school dormitories)||Individual - Consulting||Closed||04 Dec 2017||17 Dec 2017|
|Education Finance||Individual - Consulting||Closed||06 Oct 2017||13 Oct 2017|
|School dormitory staff policy and management specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||25 Jul 2017||27 Jul 2017|
|Education Economist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Jul 2017||23 Jul 2017|
|Education Finance Specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Jul 2017||23 Jul 2017|
|Dormitory equipment and furniture specialist||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Jul 2017||23 Jul 2017|
|Architect engineer||Individual - Consulting||Closed||10 Jul 2017||23 Jul 2017|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor||Contractor Address||Executing Agency||Contract Description||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Engineering Firm for Drawings and Design Specifications of 20 School Dormitories in Uvs Zavkhan An||Grant 9182||02 Mar 2017||Tatakh Khuch LLC||Room 1305 Grand Plaza Building 46 Peace Avenue II Khoroo Bayangol District U Mongolia||Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports||Engineering Firm for Drawings and Design Specifications of 20 School Dormitories in Uvs Zavkhan An||100,000.00||—|
|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Improving School Dormitory Environment for Primary Students in Western Region Project: Procurement Plan||Procurement Plans||Mar 2020|