Regional : Preparing Pacific Education Sector Projects
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting increased higher education opportunities in Solomon Islands via expansion of the University of the South Pacific's local campus (Multitranche Financing Facility Tranche 2 of $17 million). Both countries also receive assistance via the regional technical assistance (TA) Strengthening Education in the Pacific Region (total TA amount of $19.5 million). Previous education interventions in the countries are the reconstruction of schools after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and support for the use of ICT for better education services in Solomon Islands.
Borjegren, Per A.S.
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|Project Name||Preparing Pacific Education Sector Projects|
|Country / Economy||Regional
Papua New Guinea
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Operational Priorities||OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education / Education sector development - Secondary - Technical and vocational education and training
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Effective gender mainstreaming|
|Description||The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is supporting increased higher education opportunities in Solomon Islands via expansion of the University of the South Pacific's local campus (Multitranche Financing Facility Tranche 2 of $17 million). Both countries also receive assistance via the regional technical assistance (TA) Strengthening Education in the Pacific Region (total TA amount of $19.5 million). Previous education interventions in the countries are the reconstruction of schools after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu and support for the use of ICT for better education services in Solomon Islands. Both governments have requested ADB support for future education sector projects, and preliminary intervention areas have been identified: (i) strengthened education management capacity and tools for improved gender-responsive forecasting, planning, management, and monitoring of the education sector; (ii) expansion and quality improvements of educational infrastructure with a special focus on gender equity, social inclusion, and digital solutions for teaching and learning in secondary schools; and (iii) pedagogical approaches for strengthening work-related, entrepreneurial, digital, and soft skills in secondary education and teachers' development. The proposed projects are estimated at $10 million for Solomon Islands with expected approval in 2022 and $8 million for Vanuatu with expected approval in 2023.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
1.Context. Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are among the poorest in the Pacific with young and fast-growing populations. The population of Solomon Islands has tripled since independence in 1978, reaching 721,455 people in 2019, with more than 50% at school age. The country has a gross domestic product per capita of $2,021, and the share of the population living in extreme poverty (below $1.90 per day) is 24.3%. The United Nations Human Development Index, which summarizes average national achievement across health, education, and standards of living, ranks Solomon Islands at 151 (out of 189 economies) in 2020. Vanuatu's population reached 301,695 in 2020, with a gross domestic product per capita of $3,008; 14.4% live in extreme poverty; and the country is ranked 140 in the Human Development Index in 2020 (footnotes 1-4). Common development constraints include remoteness, vulnerability to shocks, high costs of service delivery, and weak public sector capacity.
2.The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has affected both economies adversely, and although they have managed to keep the number of cases at low levels due to timely border closures, the socioeconomic costs are high. Both countries saw significant economic contractions by 4.5% for Solomon Islands and 8.5% for Vanuatu in 2020 compared to average growth of 4.1% and 2.8%, respectively in 20102019 (footnote 2). The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic may push an additional 4%-5% of the population into extreme poverty. Economic recovery is expected to commence in 2021 for Solomon Islands and in 2022 for Vanuatu, as travel and trade restrictions are lifted, but the outlook is subject to several downside risks.
|Description of Outcome|
|Progress Toward Outcome|
|Description of Project Outputs|
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)|
|Geographical Location||Papua New Guinea - Nation-wide; Solomon Islands - Nation-wide; Vanuatu - Nation-wide|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|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|
Asian Development Bank
Ministry of Education and Training
Ministry of Finance & Economic Management
Ministry of Finance and Treasury
|Approval||13 Oct 2021|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||30 Sep 2022|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|13 Oct 2021||-||13 Oct 2021||31 Jul 2024||31 Jul 2025||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|2,000,000.00||0.00||50,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||2,050,000.00||16 Mar 2023||91,820.00|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|Preparing Pacific Education Sector Projects: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Oct 2021|
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|Tender Title||Type||Status||Posting Date||Deadline|
|Consulting Firm to Prepare Pacific Education Projects||Firm - Consulting||Closed|
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