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Regional: Innovation in Education Sector Development in Asia and the Pacific

Sovereign (Public) Project | 50361-001 Status: Active

The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA), an endorsed corporate priority TA, aims to enhance knowledge and capacity by facilitating the establishment and operation of an education partnership platform (EPP). The EPP will be an open platform to bring together a wide range of partners, both traditional (donor countries) and non- traditional [foundations, civil society organizations (CSOs), centers of excellence and corporates] with the flexibility to support country, subsector, and theme specific priorities of partners. It will support the development of knowledge and human resource capacity of participating developing member countries (DMCs) to improve student learning and labor market linkages of education projects. Effective coordination is essential to match demand for and supply of assistance to take full advantage of potential resources that can be made available.

Project Details

Project Officer
Brajesh Panth SDSC Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Innovation in Education Sector Development in Asia and the Pacific
Project Number 50361-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9415-REG: Innovation in Education Sector Development in Asia and the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 2.00 million
TA 9415-REG: Innovation in Education Sector Development in Asia and the Pacific (Supplementary)
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA: Innovation in Education Sector Development in Asia and the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA), an endorsed corporate priority TA, aims to enhance knowledge and capacity by facilitating the establishment and operation of an education partnership platform (EPP). The EPP will be an open platform to bring together a wide range of partners, both traditional (donor countries) and non- traditional [foundations, civil society organizations (CSOs), centers of excellence and corporates] with the flexibility to support country, subsector, and theme specific priorities of partners. It will support the development of knowledge and human resource capacity of participating developing member countries (DMCs) to improve student learning and labor market linkages of education projects. Effective coordination is essential to match demand for and supply of assistance to take full advantage of potential resources that can be made available. This TA will (i) provide initial funding to leverage other sources of support from different partners and (ii) seek supplementary TA support from ADB resources depending on the progress and availability of resources from partners. In addition to supporting the secretariat functions of the EPP, the TA will provide financial resources for priority projects to be supported by EPP to conduct research and pilot activities, or to formulate proposals for investment projects in the education sector. EPP will try to tap the Japan fund for Poverty Reduction and other ADB-managed financing partnership facilities for specific projects. The TA is included in the Management-approved Education Sector Group's (EdSG) 2017 annual work plan
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Asia and the Pacific is one of the most dynamic regions in the world, home to over 50% of the global population and with around 40% of global output and two thirds of global growth. Most DMCs are middle income countries that are pursuing high economic growth to move up the value chain. Rapid changes in technology and growing automation, changes in demographics, rapid urbanization, rising inequality, growing impact of climate change, unprecedented labor mobility and increasing regional integration are shaping development in the region which will require more responsive education systems to anticipate and prepare for related skills and jobs. High quality inclusive education is essential to develop an agile workforce and transform human capital to underpin a modern, competitive economy.

In the past 15 years, ADB mainly supported basic and secondary education and to some extent technical and vocational education and training (TVET) to expand access. However, access is still an issue in certain DMCs particularly for girls, or in conflict affected situations. There is growing demand particularly from middle income countries to align their education systems with workforce and economic development. Global commitment to sustainable development goals (SDGs) 4 (education) and 8 (employment) require deepening support to student learning and labor market outcomes and greater synergy between secondary education, TVET, and higher education to address different types of skills (cognitive, noncognitive, and occupational skills) in close partnerships with industries and employers. While digital literacy has emerged as a 21st century core skill, education sector is yet to take full advantage of information and communication technology (ICT) and artificial intelligence (AI) in improving student learning. Given the changes happening in the labor market, _what needs to be taught by the future education system_ is a question facing the education sector of all ADB DMCs.

ADB's priorities for the education sector are to (i) scale up lending to between 6% and 10% of the total ADB lending operations by 2020 from the current 4.6%, (ii) provide cross-support to different growth sectors, and (iii) apply innovative practices such as the use of ICT and smart partnerships to improve student learning and labor market outcomes in ADB-funded projects. As DMCs transition to higher levels of economic development, a growing number of jobs will become knowledge-based' and require adopting new technologies and knowledge. This will also require supporting tertiary education institutions in DMCs to modernize and enable innovations, nurture entrepreneurship and leadership, and promote science, technology and innovation. There is also critical need to address growing inequalities (SDG 10) and unsustainable pressure on the environment (SDG 13) that pose high risks to long term economic growth of many DMCs. This is viewed from the perspective of what skills are needed to address these challenges. Some examples include skills needed for the growth of renewable energy and environmentally vulnerable and disaster-prone areas.

ADB has been providing TA support for education from its existing TA financing mechanisms (e.g. RETA 8503) in the absence of any dedicated financing partnership facility for education. While there were offers from non-traditional partners such as private foundations, industries and CSOs that bring innovative practices and provide in-kind contributions, ADB did not have an effective mechanism to take advantage of such interests.

Business as usual will not work in addressing the above challenges. This will require supporting participating DMCs to selectively strengthen their human resources to enhance competitiveness and innovations in products and services, processes, structures and financing of education in a sustainable way. The TA will help to leverage financing to achieve the EdSG's three priorities noted in para. 4. From 22 DMCs currently receiving support for education from ADB, it is envisaged that this number will grow to over 25 by 2020.

Impact The expected impact of the proposed TA will be: Education sector development efforts in ADB DMCs substantially increased.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome The outcome will be: Knowledge and capacity in applying innovative and good practices in improving learning and labor market outcomes enhanced.
Progress Toward Outcome Additional financing from Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund was approved in 2018.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Output 1

EPP launched and operationalized

Output 2

Strategic education TAs, pilot projects, and knowledge sharing efforts supported

Output 3

Education expert pool and selective partnerships established

Output 4

Human resource capacity of DMCs enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Output 2: Resource persons are regularly engaged for knowledge sharing activities. With additional funding from EAKPF, additional activities will strengthen ADB's assistance to good quality education and quality labor market policies in selected DMCs through best practices from advanced countries. Output 3: The Education Sector Group finalized an agreement with Peking University in 2018. Output 4: A workshop on University-Industry Linkages was held in December 2018 in PRC under the knowledge partnership with Peking University. Preparations are underway for a Symposium on STEM Education to be held in May, and the flagship event 8th International Skills Forum to be held in August.
Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

Individual consultants. Estimated requirements:

International Consultants - 25 person-months

National Consultants - 50 person-months

Responsible ADB Officer Brajesh Panth
Responsible ADB Department SDSC
Responsible ADB Division SDSC-EDU
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Aug 2017
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 02 Nov 2017
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2019

TA 9415-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Nov 2017 - 02 Nov 2017 31 Aug 2022 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,000,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500,000.00 02 Nov 2017 468,441.94

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Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
ICT for Better Education in the Pacific Brochures and Flyers May 2018

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
ICT in Early Childhood Education Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Apr 2019 06 May 2019
Early Childhood Development Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed 31 Mar 2019 15 Apr 2019
Early Childhood Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Mar 2019 21 Mar 2019
Innovation in Education Sector Development in Asia and the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 05 Mar 2019 11 Mar 2019
Skills and Technology for High-Growth Industries in Southeast Asia Firm - Consulting Closed 14 Dec 2018 10 Jan 2019
Technical and Vocational Education and Training Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Aug 2018 10 Aug 2018
Education Technology Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Aug 2018 10 Aug 2018
Higher Education Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Aug 2018 10 Aug 2018
Innovation in Education Sector Development in Asia and the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Feb 2018 06 Mar 2018
Education Sector and Research Communications Specialist (Internal) Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Feb 2018 06 Mar 2018
Innovation in Education Sector Development in Asia and the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 22 Dec 2017 28 Dec 2017
Innovation in Education Sector Development in Asia and the Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Nov 2017 27 Nov 2017

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