Philippines: EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools in COVID-19
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.
Southeast Asia Department
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|Project Name||EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools in COVID-19|
|Country / Economy||Philippines
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
|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|
|Description of Outcome||Secondary education learning continuity strengthened in the time of COVID-19|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|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)|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design|
|During Project Implementation|
|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|
Department of Education
2nd Floor, Rizal Building
Department of Education, DepED Complex
Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
|Concept Clearance||27 Oct 2020|
|Fact Finding||28 Oct 2020 to 28 Oct 2020|
|Approval||11 Dec 2020|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||11 Dec 2020|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|11 Dec 2020||10 Feb 2021||10 Feb 2021||31 Jan 2023||-||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|0.00||2,000,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,000,000.00||17 Jun 2022||766,882.54|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools in COVID-19: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2020|
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Solar-Powered Radios, Tablets, Wi-Fi Sets to Enable Distance Learning in Remote Schools in PhilippinesADB today turned over to the Philippines the last batch of tablets, solar-powered transistor radios, and other IT equipment as part of its support for distance learning among secondary school students from poor and disadvantaged families.
|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|
|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||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||1,876,601.00||—|
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