Regional : Promoting Learning and Innovation in Education to Future-Proof the Workforce

Sovereign Project | 56083-001

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) for Promoting Learning and Innovation in Education to Future-Proof the Workforce will provide strategic support to selected projects and initiatives to scale up equitable learning in education. It will focus on innovative and transformative projects that prioritize response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, cross-sectoral collaboration in green and digital skills, and innovative approaches to financing and service delivery.

Project Details

Project Name
Promoting Learning and Innovation in Education to Future-Proof the Workforce
Project Number
56083-001
Country / Economy
  • Regional
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6927-REG: Promoting Learning and Innovation in Education to Future Proof Workforce
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.90 million
TA 6927-REG: Promoting Learning and Innovation in Education to Future-Proof the Workforce
Source Amount
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 500,000.00
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
  • OP4: Making cities more livable
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Education / Education sector development - Secondary - Technical and vocational education and training - Tertiary

Gender
Gender equity theme
Description

The knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) for Promoting Learning and Innovation in Education to Future-Proof the Workforce will provide strategic support to selected projects and initiatives to scale up equitable learning in education. It will focus on innovative and transformative projects that prioritize response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, cross-sectoral collaboration in green and digital skills, and innovative approaches to financing and service delivery.

The TA was endorsed by heads of departments through the e-endorsement of corporate priority TA projects in September 2021 and is included in the 2022 ADB Management-approved results-based work plan of the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The TA is aligned with ADB's Strategy 2030 operational priorities 14 and 7; and supports Sustainable Development Goals 1, 5, 10, 12, with a special focus on 4 (ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all). It also supports ADB's corporate target to increase education financing to 6%10% of its total commitments by 2024.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Climate change, digitalization, and the COVID-19 pandemic are global drivers reshaping and transforming education. Even as they deeply affect society and set new challenges for education, they also offer unique opportunities to transform education systems for the better. First, it is increasingly clear that a just transition toward a climate-neutral economy requires a green workforce to accelerate its pace. The European Union's Climate Pact initiative underlines the importance of "promoting and supporting green employment, addressing the skilling and reskilling of workers, and anticipating changes in workplaces of the future. Second, digital transformation will not succeed without reversing the widening digital divide caused by large gaps in digital infrastructure and digital skills, including Fourth Industrial Revolution skills. Third, the unprecedented learning and earning losses from school closures because of the pandemic have disproportionately affected low-income and disadvantaged households, widening gaps that existed pre-pandemic. This provides important lessons about ensuring foundational learning for all and pursuing transformative measures to make education systems more responsive to emerging challenges. Cutting across these global drivers are amplified education inequities, including gender inequities as school closures have made adolescent girls more vulnerable to school dropout, early pregnancy, child marriage, and gender-based violence. The most at-risk are (i) girls; (ii) children further affected by the intersectionality of risk factors such as living in remote areas, and/or living with a disability; and (iii) ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples.

When addressing emerging global challenges and striving to turn the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity, it is important to adopt multisector and interdisciplinary approaches because these interrelated challenges cannot be addressed through traditional models of teaching and learning. To prepare self-directed, lifelong learners with good character and global citizenship in a rapidly changing and globalized world, it is crucial to equip them with 21st century skills: cognitive, noncognitive, and occupational. However, the Asia and Pacific region now faces the twin challenges of a learning crisis and skillsjobs mismatches exacerbated by the pandemic. These challenges require greater coordination, strategic partnership, and innovative financing and alternative delivery models.

Impact

Human capital and social protection enhanced for all (ADB S2030 OP1)

Inclusive and equitable access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all ensured (SDG 4)

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Capacity of DMCs for learning recovery and innovation in education improved.

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Knowledge and capacity programs for learning recovery in selected DMCs delivered

Innovative initiatives to future-proof the workforce in participating DMCs developed and launched

Strategic partnerships for innovative financing and delivery modalities established

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
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
Recruitment of individual consultants (international and national) and consulting firm/s.
Procurement
Procurement of hardware, software, and digital tools (e.g., laptops, licenses) through shopping.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Jagannathan, Shanti
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
31 May 2022
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
09 Jul 2022
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
09 Jul 2022

Funding

TA 6927-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
09 Jul 2022 - 09 Jul 2022 30 Sep 2026 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,900,000.00 500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,400,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
09 May 2024 699,726.93

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Title Document Type Document Date
Promoting Learning and Innovation in Education to Future-Proof the Workforce: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Jul 2022

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