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Bangladesh: Support to Quality Enhancement in Primary Education

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50192-003 Status: Active

The Supporting Fourth Primary Education Development Program will support Bangladesh' primary education system covering all children from pre-primary to grade 5 nationwide. The program builds on the achievements of previous programs with a stronger focus on strengthening quality of education and enhancing institutional management. The program aligns with the Seventh Five-Year Plan, 2016 2020, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) country partnership strategy for Bangladesh, 2016- 2020, which indicates ADB's continued support to primary education and highlights the priority on quality enhancement. The impact of the program is strengthened human capital formation. The outcome will be improved quality and equity of primary education. The program has three outputs: (i) quality of primary education improved; (ii) access and participation to primary education enhanced; and (iii) governance and management of primary education system improved.

Project Details

Project Officer
Zhigang Li South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Bangladesh
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Support to Quality Enhancement in Primary Education
Project Number 50192-003
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9883-BAN: Support to Quality Enhancement in Primary Education
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.20 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education / Pre-primary and primary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Supporting Fourth Primary Education Development Program will support Bangladesh' primary education system covering all children from pre-primary to grade 5 nationwide. The program builds on the achievements of previous programs with a stronger focus on strengthening quality of education and enhancing institutional management. The program aligns with the Seventh Five-Year Plan, 2016 2020, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) country partnership strategy for Bangladesh, 2016- 2020, which indicates ADB's continued support to primary education and highlights the priority on quality enhancement. The impact of the program is strengthened human capital formation. The outcome will be improved quality and equity of primary education. The program has three outputs: (i) quality of primary education improved; (ii) access and participation to primary education enhanced; and (iii) governance and management of primary education system improved. The total cost for the program is $14.6 billion, with $500 million financed by a concessional loan from ADB. Implementation of the project started in November 2018. The proposed transaction technical assistance (TA) for $1.2 million, to be financed by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, will support implementation of the project. The project and TA align with ADB's Strategy 2030, which calls for improving education.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The program will strengthen teaching-learning quality for children to acquire the essential grade level competencies stipulated in the curriculum. It will also improve governance and management of the primary education system, which is necessary for education quality enhancement. To achieve these goals, the following areas need to be strengthened: (i) developing needs-based Continuous Professional Development (CPD) framework for in-service teacher development, (ii) updating classroom teaching assessment system for monitoring teaching quality, and (iii) establishing a Web-based integrated Education Management Information System (EMIS) for monitoring and accountability. The transaction TA will support implementation of these innovative initiatives in the initial stage of the program. This will include (i) conducting a study on CPD framework (with an integrated component of ICT-based teacher training), (ii) providing technical support to update classroom observation tool, and (iii) structuring the web-based integrated EMIS and conducting early-stage tests. The proposed scope and scale of these activities, including intensive collaboration between ministries and other development partners and access to international networks and experts, requires a transaction TA to ensure the successful implementation of the loan project.
Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Consultation with other development partners, especially JICA, UNICEF and World Bank, was conducted during TA preparation for coordinated support.
During Project Implementation ADB will continue coordination with JICA, UNICEF, and other development partners, as well as conducting wide consultation with teachers and concerned stakeholders for implementation of the project.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

ADB will recruit three firms. Firms will be selected to ensure maximum quality for specialized services using a simplified technical proposal for the quality- and cost- based selection (QCBS) method (quality-cost ratio of 90:10). The first consulting firm will be a specialist with international expertise in primary education and will focus on materializing the CPD framework, including ICT for teacher training. This firm will prepare a CPD operationalization plan and pilot the operationalization. The second firm will be a specialist with international expertise in teacher assessment. This firm will review, update and pilot the classroom observation tool for application. It will make recommendations to improve the capacity of academic supervisors. The training on using the updated classroom observation tool will be provided to the academic supervisors. The third firm will be a specialist in establishing modern information system. The firm will provide technical support to structure the EMIS and conduct early-stage tests to make sure the sub-data systems conform to common database languages, and also pilot the major online dashboards that will meet the demands for data from major users at different levels. The firm will also pilot the ICT platform for teacher training.

ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Any training to be provided under the TA will be managed by consultants or directly procured by ADB in line with the ADB Procurement Policy and relevant staff Instructions.

Procurement Not Applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Zhigang Li
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Primary and Mass Education
Mirpur-2, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 04 Dec 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 05 Dec 2019

TA 9883-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
04 Dec 2019 - - 31 Jan 2022 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,200,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,200,000.00 04 Dec 2019 0.00

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