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Regional: Strengthening Education in the Pacific Region

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52183-001 Status: Active

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) supports (i) Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) to address perennial challenges of improving quality of education through enhanced regionalism and mutually beneficial partnerships with regional institutions focused on education priorities articulated in the Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF) 2019-2022 (Phase 1); (ii) the development and access to a regional repository platform for open, distance and flexible learning (ODFL); and (iii) small assessments, studies, and exchanges to expand knowledge development and program development in the region.

Project Details

Project Officer
Borjegren, Per A.S. Pacific Department Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Strengthening Education in the Pacific Region
Project Number 52183-001
Country Regional
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9645-REG: Strengthening Education in the Pacific Region
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
TA 9645-REG: Strengthening Education in the Pacific Region (Supplementary)
High Level Technology Fund US$ 500,000.00
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9645-REG: Strengthening Education in the Pacific Region
Global Partnership for Education Fund US$ 389,875.00
TA 9645-REG: Strengthening Education in the Pacific Region
New Zealand US$ 2.35 million
Global Partnership for Education Fund US$ 15.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development - Education sector development - social protection initiatives - Pre-primary and primary - Pre-primary and primary - social protection initiatives - Secondary - Secondary - social protection initiatives - Technical and vocational education and training - Tertiary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) supports (i) Pacific developing member countries (DMCs) to address perennial challenges of improving quality of education through enhanced regionalism and mutually beneficial partnerships with regional institutions focused on education priorities articulated in the Pacific Regional Education Framework (PacREF) 2019-2022 (Phase 1); (ii) the development and access to a regional repository platform for open, distance and flexible learning (ODFL); and (iii) small assessments, studies, and exchanges to expand knowledge development and program development in the region.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

While Pacific DMCs have made significant progress toward universal access to primary education, student learning outcomes remain poor. Results of the 2015 Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) show modest improvements, but greater effort is needed to strengthen learning as a foundational capacity that prepares young people for further education and work.

Moreover, quality of education remains a challenge despite an emphasis on quality improvement strategies in many DMCs. A number of constraints identified as impacting on quality include: economic, geographical and political constraints; coordination constraints; capacity and accountability constraints on teachers and education managers; data constraints; social constraints, including issues of gender inequality; and constraints relating to language of instruction. Several factors are thought to have contributed to progress including commitment by governments to development goals, partnerships at all levels, including those between DMCs and development partners, regional cooperation through high level forum and regional institutions, increasing demand for a qualified workforce; integrated national education planning and budgeting; school-based improvement initiatives; curriculum reform; and national polices for early childhood.

Pacific DMCs are all challenged by their remoteness, dispersion, and small economies vulnerable to climate change risks and shocks. Strengthened regional mechanisms that encourage Pacific regional institutions coordination and collaboration at the planning and implementation level are key to ensuring that limited financial resources are efficiently and effectively deployed. At the 2017 ADB Annual General Meeting, Pacific governors requested more Pacific-based solutions, underlining the importance of south-south learning and utilization of Pacific institutions and consultants.

Regionalism is critical, and the PACREF supports this well. The PacREF that was approved at the Forum Education Ministers Meeting in May 2018 provides the shared priorities for education and training in the region for the next 4 years, while also responding appropriately to global and regional demands. The four key policy areas identified are: (i) High quality, relevant programs are provided for all levels of education, (ii) Learners' needs are met through a broad range of programs and delivery modalities, (iii) Learners at all levels of education achieve their full potential, from early childhood education to skills development; and (iv) The teaching profession is supported and empowered through opportunities for continuous development, shared understanding and accountability. The PACREF was developed over two years by a small working group of the Pacific Heads of Education Systems, chaired by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and funded by ADB with Global Partnership for Education financing. It will be governed to ensure continued Pacific country ownership. Development partners will pool and coordinate funding under the framework supporting a group of identified regional institutions in a coordinated delivery of agreed priority regional goods and services under the framework.

Lastly, access to quality and relevant education content that is contextually appropriate to the Pacific region has been a large challenge. Inroads have been made in this area with a few development partners, including ADB, trialing e-learning resources, and the potential usefulness of a regional platform to better promote ODFL have become clear.

Impact Inclusive and equitable quality education ensured and lifelong learning opportunities for all promoted (Sustainable Development Goal 4)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Regional capacity to improve education outcomes in the Pacific enhanced
Progress Toward Outcome The PACREF project facilitation unit has assumed the role of coordinating key regional and international education agencies. Four key policy areas for regional education improvements has been identified and an implementation plan developed and agreed by all PDMCs. Development of e-learning resources for STEM subjects has been identified as a regional priority.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

PACREF implementation supported

Regional repository and learning management platform for ODFL established

Small assessments, studies, and exchanges to expand knowledge development and program development supported.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) Funding for PacREF implementation has been secured via regionwide consultations leading to the application and subsequent approval of the Education Sector Program Implementation Grant from the Global Partnership for Education, the project facilitation unit is being strengthened and implementing agencies have initiated preparatory implementation steps. Implementation and procurement plans have been developed for a regional repository and a learning management platform for open, distance, and flexible learning, to be piloted in 20 Fiji schools for subsequent regional dissemination. The responsible ministry in Fiji has been supported in securing cabinet endorsement for the intervention.The concept development and approval of TA 9807-PNG: Improved Technical Vocation Education and Training for Employment, has been supported.
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
Responsible ADB Officer Borjegren, Per A.S.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PASP
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Oct 2018
Fact Finding 20 Aug 2018 to 24 Aug 2018
MRM -
Approval 29 Nov 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 01 Jun 2021

TA 9645-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
29 Nov 2018 - 29 Nov 2018 31 Dec 2023 30 Jun 2025 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 18,741,666.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 19,491,666.00 29 Nov 2018 336,563.44

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Program Facilitating Unit Office Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Feb 2021 08 Mar 2021
Program Facilitating Unit Office Manager/Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed 17 Dec 2020 26 Jan 2021
Communications Officer Individual - Consulting Closed 15 Oct 2020 11 Nov 2020
Senior Procurement & Finance Officer Individual - Consulting Closed 28 Aug 2020 26 Sep 2020
Program Facilitating Unit Office Manager/Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Jul 2020 31 Aug 2020
Coordinator for the Pacific Regional Education Framework Individual - Consulting Closed 01 Jul 2020 10 Jul 2020
Program Facilitating Unit Office Manager/Administrator Individual - Consulting Closed 29 Jan 2020 04 Feb 2020
Regional Coordination of PacREF Planning and Implementation – Special Responsibility: Rolling Plan Development and PacREF Oversight Support Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jan 2020 17 Jan 2020
Regional Coordination of PacREF Planning and Implementation – Special Responsibility: Rolling Plan Development and South-South Cooperation Support Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jan 2020 17 Jan 2020
Chief Technical Advisor / Team Leader for Open, Distance, and Flexible Learning Individual - Consulting Closed 06 Aug 2019 12 Aug 2019

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