Philippines: EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools in COVID-19

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54404-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philippines in operationalizing the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (LCP), which will enable students to continue learning through blended learning modalities during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The TA will build the DepEd capacity and support distance education by developing content, training teachers, and piloting education technology (edtech) solutions to ensure that secondary school students have access to quality education throughout school year (SY) 2020/21 and beyond. The pilot will use low-cost tablets to be connected to a local area network (LAN) supported by a solar-powered battery antenna, and target learners in selected school divisions. The content will be accessible nationwide through DepEd platforms.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Yamakawa, Yumiko
    Southeast Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Philippines
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools in COVID-19
Project Number 54404-001
Country Philippines
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6670-PHI: EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools on COVID-19
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 2.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will support the Department of Education (DepEd) of the Philippines in operationalizing the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (LCP), which will enable students to continue learning through blended learning modalities during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The TA will build the DepEd capacity and support distance education by developing content, training teachers, and piloting education technology (edtech) solutions to ensure that secondary school students have access to quality education throughout school year (SY) 2020/21 and beyond. The pilot will use low-cost tablets to be connected to a local area network (LAN) supported by a solar-powered battery antenna, and target learners in selected school divisions. The content will be accessible nationwide through DepEd platforms. The TA responds to the request of the Government of the Philippines to support the continued learning of secondary school students from disadvantaged households that are enrolled in so-called "last mile schools" (LMSs).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The TA is not in the country operations business plan, 2020-2022. It is aligned with the country partnership strategy, 2018-2023 of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the Philippines, which supports broader access to quality secondary education. It will complement ADB's Secondary Education Support Program, and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino conditional cash transfer program, which provides education grants to poor households with children younger than 18 years old. The TA is aligned with operational priority 1 (addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities) and operational priority 2 (accelerating progress in gender equality) of ADB's Strategy 2030. It will contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 4 by protecting the basic rights of thousands of students to quality education.
Impact Opportunities for human development equalized
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Secondary education learning continuity strengthened in the time of COVID-19
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Content for blended learning in secondary education developed

Low-cost edtech solution for distance education piloted

Technical expertise and training in sustaining blended learning provided

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
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB will engage the consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated staff instructions. The terms of reference of the consultants will include the procurement of goods under the TA, but payments for goods for pilot testing will be made directly to suppliers using direct payment procedure in accordance with ADB's Technical Assistance Disbursement Handbook (2020, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement will follow the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and Procurement Regulations for ADB Borrowers (2017, as amended from time to time).
Responsible ADB Officer Yamakawa, Yumiko
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Department of Education
2nd Floor, Rizal Building
Department of Education, DepED Complex
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
Timetable
Concept Clearance 27 Oct 2020
Fact Finding 28 Oct 2020 to 28 Oct 2020
MRM -
Approval 11 Dec 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 11 Dec 2020

TA 6670-PHI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
11 Dec 2020 10 Feb 2021 10 Feb 2021 31 Jan 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 2,000,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,000,000.00 11 Dec 2020 107,600.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools in COVID-19 Firm - Consulting Closed 22 Dec 2020 18 Jan 2021

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 6670 22 Apr 2021 NIRAS Asia Manila Inc. (PHILIPPINES) in association with NIRAS Finland Oy (FINLAND) 20th Floor, Wynsum Corporate Plaza, Emer Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Phils. Department of Education 1876601

Procurement Plan

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