Regional : Research on Reducing Learning Loss in Asia-Pacific

Sovereign Project | 56126-001

This knowledge and support TA will generate rapid research to: (i) measure the magnitude of learning losses, (ii) characterize and analyze responses by school systems, households, and other actors to limit losses during the pandemic, and (iii) test ways to address losses when schools return to in-person instruction. Given that schools in developing Asia are already in the process of reopening, it is imperative that solutions are quickly presented to policy makers to recover learning losses.

This TA was initially approved on 16 May 2022 as Small Scale TA, which has no TA Report. In October 2022, it received additional funding to become a knowledge and support TA.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Raitzer, David Anthony
    Economic Research and Development Impact Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name
Research on Reducing Learning Loss in Asia-Pacific
Project Number
56126-001
Country / Economy
  • Regional
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6915-REG: Research on Reducing Learning Loss in Asia-Pacific
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
TA 6915-REG: Research on Reducing Learning Loss in Asia-Pacific
Source Amount
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 1.00 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector
  • Education / Education sector development

Gender
Some gender elements
Description

This knowledge and support TA will generate rapid research to: (i) measure the magnitude of learning losses, (ii) characterize and analyze responses by school systems, households, and other actors to limit losses during the pandemic, and (iii) test ways to address losses when schools return to in-person instruction. Given that schools in developing Asia are already in the process of reopening, it is imperative that solutions are quickly presented to policy makers to recover learning losses.

This TA was initially approved on 16 May 2022 as Small Scale TA, which has no TA Report. In October 2022, it received additional funding to become a knowledge and support TA.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a global disruption in education that is unparalleled in modern history. Approximately 1.3 billion children were subjected to closure of face-to-face schooling in more than 150 countries. The developing world has had the greatest disruption, with hundreds of millions of children facing closures that have lasted up to and in some cases more than 2 years, whereas in the developed world, closures were generally not more than several months.

During classroom closure, there has been great variation in the means of primary and secondary education offered. For students who have not received effective education during this period, learning has regressed and learning loss has been substantial. In contrast, students under the most effective teaching arrangements have continued to make progress and learning loss has been less pronounced.

Educational systems will continue to further amplify learning losses if adjustments are not made to address changes in student learning levels due to classroom closure. Those students who fell behind normal patterns of progression will likely lack foundational skills for further learning, so that losses compound over time. Increased learning level heterogeneity will increase mismatches between the level of teaching provided and the learning capacity of students. Solving these challenges requires new evidence on the extent of learning loss, the factors that have conditioned losses, and the effectiveness of learning loss solutions.

Impact

Learning outcomes in primary and secondary education post-COVID-19 enhanced in ADB developing member countries.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Improved policies to address COVID-19 learning losses adopted by developing member countries.

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Research papers on assessing and addressing learning loss in Asia-Pacific published and effectively disseminated

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

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Raitzer, David Anthony
Responsible ADB Department
Economic Research and Development Impact Department
Responsible ADB Division
Economic Analysis and Operational Support Division (EREA)
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank

Timetable

Concept Clearance
06 Oct 2022
Fact Finding
06 Apr 2022 to 06 Apr 2022
MRM
-
Approval
16 May 2022
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
16 May 2022

Funding

TA 6915-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 May 2022 - 16 May 2022 30 Nov 2023 30 Jun 2026 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,225,000.00
Cumulative Disbursements
Date Amount
04 Jul 2023 113,625.94

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Title Document Type Document Date
Research on Reducing Learning Loss in Asia-Pacific: Technical Assistance Report Technical Assistance Reports May 2022

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Consultant 2: Systematic review of evidence on learning losses and documentation of policy responses Individual - Consulting Closed
Consultant 1: Systematic review of evidence on learning losses and documentation of policy responses Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

No contracts awarded for this project were found

Procurement Plan

None currently available.