Regional: Strengthening Vocational High Schools in South Asia

Sovereign Project | 56089-001

Vocational high schools have the potential to improve employability, productivity, and livelihoods of young workers in developing member countries (DMCs). However, since the pandemic the quality of learning at the vocational high schools in DMCs have dropped due to difficulty in delivering practical training. Republic of Korea's vocational high school system played most important role in its economic development and can be a good example for DMCs. The TA will strengthen vocational high schools in South Asia DMCs by providing students and teachers in South Asia DMCs with the opportunity to visit Seoul's vocational high schools and organizing knowledge sharing activities.

Project Details

Project Name Strengthening Vocational High Schools in South Asia
Project Number 56089-001
Country / Economy Regional
Bangladesh
Bhutan
India
Maldives
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 10058-REG: Strengthening Vocational High Schools in South Asia
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 270,000.00
Republic of Korea e-Asia and Knowledge Partnership Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description Vocational high schools have the potential to improve employability, productivity, and livelihoods of young workers in developing member countries (DMCs). However, since the pandemic the quality of learning at the vocational high schools in DMCs have dropped due to difficulty in delivering practical training. Republic of Korea's vocational high school system played most important role in its economic development and can be a good example for DMCs. The TA will strengthen vocational high schools in South Asia DMCs by providing students and teachers in South Asia DMCs with the opportunity to visit Seoul's vocational high schools and organizing knowledge sharing activities.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE) will provide vocational high school students and teachers from 6 South Asia DMCs with study visits from 2023 to 2025. The participants will attend one-week workshops held at vocational high schools in Seoul and during the workshop, DMCs' students and Korean students conduct joint projects on specific topics. After the workshops Korean students and teachers will have follow-up visits to 6 South Asia DMCs. ADB will engage individual consultants to provide international and national consulting input. The international consultant will carry out knowledge sharing events for the dissemination of knowledge products related to the Republic of Korea's vocational high school system. National consultants will be contracted to conduct a diagnostic study on each DMC's vocational high school system.

The outputs of the TA are (i) skills and employability of DMCs' youth strengthened; (ii) capacity of DMCs' vocational high schools enhanced.

Impact

Skills formation process for South Asian DMCs' labor markets diversified

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Design and delivery of vocational high school education in South Asian DMCs enhanced

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Knowledge of challenges and opportunities for vocational high school education in South Asia enhanced

Capacity of vocational high school stakeholders in South Asian DMCs strengthened

Knowledge sharing and dissemination facilitated

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Bangladesh - Nation-wide; Bhutan - Nation-wide; India - Nation-wide; Maldives - Nation-wide; Nepal - Nation-wide; Sri Lanka - 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 consultants following the ADB Procurement Policy (2017, as amended from time to time) and its associated project administration instructions and/or staff instructions. Consultants will be recruited individually because (i) they will operate in different countries, (ii) the timing of engagement will differ between countries, (iii) they will work and generate outputs independent of one another, and (iv) consultant management will be performed by staff of the SAHS. TA-financed software, goods, equipment, and consumables will be procured through consultants engaged by ADB.
Procurement Not applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Choi, Sangun
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Sep 2022
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 19 Dec 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 Dec 2022

TA 10058-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Dec 2022 - 19 Dec 2022 31 Dec 2024 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
270,000.00 750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,020,000.00 25 Jan 2023 0.00

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