Bangladesh : Supporting Education Sector Projects

Sovereign Project | 56088-001

The transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will provide capacity building and policy advice to the ongoing Secondary Education Sector Investment Program, Tranche 3, as well as project preparation support to ensuing projects, comprising (i) NextGen Secondary Education Program; (ii) Supporting Education for Children with Special Needs; and (iii) Supporting Fifth Primary Education Development Program. These projects are all in the education sector and require similar sector, technical, and due diligence assessments, and support for system strengthening and capacity development. The TA support is justified because the risks and weaknesses in the systems and capacity, especially for procurement, financial management, safeguards, gender equality and social inclusion, identified during project preparation can be addressed more consistently throughout the project cycle.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Maruyama, Asako
    Sectors Group
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Bangladesh
  • Modality
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name
Supporting Education Sector Projects
Project Number
56088-001
Country / Economy
  • Bangladesh
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6950-BAN: Supporting Education Sector Projects
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.50 million
TA 6950-BAN: Supporting Education Sector Projects
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
TA: Supporting Education Sector Projects
Source Amount
Global Partnership for Education Fund US$ 200,000.00
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
Sector / Subsector
  • Education / Pre-primary and primary - Secondary

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
The transaction technical assistance (TA) facility will provide capacity building and policy advice to the ongoing Secondary Education Sector Investment Program, Tranche 3, as well as project preparation support to ensuing projects, comprising (i) NextGen Secondary Education Program; (ii) Supporting Education for Children with Special Needs; and (iii) Supporting Fifth Primary Education Development Program. These projects are all in the education sector and require similar sector, technical, and due diligence assessments, and support for system strengthening and capacity development. The TA support is justified because the risks and weaknesses in the systems and capacity, especially for procurement, financial management, safeguards, gender equality and social inclusion, identified during project preparation can be addressed more consistently throughout the project cycle. Moreover, it can facilitate timely access to knowledge and expertise, and advance practices and technologies particularly in new and emerging areas.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Bangladesh's pre-primary, primary, and secondary education systems are large and complex, involving two ministries and enrolling over 34.2 million students at more than 206,000 government and nongovernment educational institutions in 2020. The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MOPME) oversees pre-primary (age 5) and primary (grades 1-5) education, whereas the Ministry of Education (MOE) looks after junior secondary (grades 6-8), secondary (grades 9-10), and higher secondary (grades 11-12) education. MOE is also in charge of madrasa, technical and vocational, and tertiary education. With concerted efforts to increase access to pre-primary, primary, and secondary education during the last decade, the systems have expanded significantly, from about 16.9 million students enrolled in around 120,000 educational institutions in 2011. Yet, high student dropout rates and absenteeism, weak learning outcomes, and lack of skills for employment and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are a few of remaining and emerging challenges yet to be addressed. Moreover, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed, the systems remain highly vulnerable to multiple hazards, including health, natural disasters, and extreme weather events.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has been supporting pre-primary, primary, and secondary education in Bangladesh since the 1980s through a series of loans and TA projects. Building on its long-term engagement in the sector, ADB's assistance has fostered systemic reforms to enhance learning outcomes, gender equality, system efficiency, and decentralized management, and has contributed to the introduction of results-based and sector-wide approaches into the sector, together with the other development partners. Against a background of the structural transformation driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and 4IR, the country partnership strategy for Bangladesh, 2021-2025 emphasizes the importance of improving human capital and employability with the support of digital and new technologies, while promoting inclusiveness and resilience. The strategy also stresses the need to enhance project readiness and timely implementation through continuous capacity building, knowledge exchange, and best practices.

Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
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
n/a
Procurement
n/a

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Maruyama, Asako
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education

Timetable

Concept Clearance
-
Fact Finding
-
MRM
-
Approval
06 Sep 2022
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
06 Sep 2022

Funding

TA 6950-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
06 Sep 2022 04 Dec 2022 04 Dec 2022 30 Sep 2025 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
2,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,500,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
19 Jun 2024 823,118.17

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Title Document Type Document Date
Supporting Education Sector Projects: Technical Assistance Letter Technical Assistance Letter Dec 2022
Supporting Education Sector Projects: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports Sep 2022

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards
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Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Related Publications

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Teacher Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Program Evaluation and Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Institutional Coordination Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Institutional Coordination Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Education Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Feasibility Study of General Secondary and Madrasah Education Projects Firm - Consulting Closed
Environment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Development and Gender Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Social Safeguard Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Special Education Specialist (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Education Economist Individual - Consulting Closed
Climate Change Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Physical Facility Upgrading of the National Academy for Educational Management Firm - Consulting Closed
Special Education Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Organizational Development of the National Academy for Educational Management Firm - Consulting Closed
Supporting Education Sector Projects Individual - Consulting Closed
Supporting Education Sector Projects Individual - Consulting Closed
Supporting Education Sector Projects Individual - Consulting Closed
Supporting Education Sector Projects Individual - Consulting Closed
Supporting Education Sector Projects Individual - Consulting Closed
Supporting Education Sector Projects Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.