Mongolia : Education Sector Results-Based Lending Program

Sovereign Project | 56167-001

The proposed Education Sector Results-Based Lending (RBL) Program will support a time and subsector slice of Mongolia's Education Sector Medium-Term Development Plan (ESMTDP), 2021-2030, with a focus on preprimary education and technical and vocational education and training (TVET). The program is aligned with the ESMTDP impact of holistic development of citizens with competencies to thrive in the digital technology era as active participants in a knowledge-based society which enables lifelong learning through quality, open, inclusive, and flexible education services achieved. The outcome will be preprimary and TVET learning outcomes improved. The three outputs are (i) quality of preprimary education and TVET enhanced, (ii) equal access and inclusiveness of preprimary education and TVET increased; and (iii) governance, management, and administration of preprimary education and TVET improved.

Project Details

Project Name Education Sector Results-Based Lending Program
Project Number 56167-001
Country / Economy Mongolia
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Education Sector Results-Based Lending Program
Ordinary capital resources US$ 50.00 million
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
Sector / Subsector

Education / Pre-primary and primary - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Gender equity theme
Description The proposed Education Sector Results-Based Lending (RBL) Program will support a time and subsector slice of Mongolia's Education Sector Medium-Term Development Plan (ESMTDP), 2021-2030, with a focus on preprimary education and technical and vocational education and training (TVET). The program is aligned with the ESMTDP impact of holistic development of citizens with competencies to thrive in the digital technology era as active participants in a knowledge-based society which enables lifelong learning through quality, open, inclusive, and flexible education services achieved. The outcome will be preprimary and TVET learning outcomes improved. The three outputs are (i) quality of preprimary education and TVET enhanced, (ii) equal access and inclusiveness of preprimary education and TVET increased; and (iii) governance, management, and administration of preprimary education and TVET improved.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed program is closely aligned with the country partnership strategy (CPS) for Mongolia, 20212024 and its strategic priority of fostering inclusive social development and economic opportunity. The program also touches on all five CPS thematic priorities: gender equality, digital transformation, private sector participation, institutional capacity and governance, and civil society engagement. The program supports three ADB Strategy 2030 operational priorities: addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, accelerating progress in gender equality, and strengthening governance and institutional capacity . ADB involvement in the program will add value along four main dimensions: results, innovation, institutional development, and knowledge. This is the first use of RBL in Mongolia, and the modality will promote a strong results and reform culture, providing incentives for performance that otherwise may be missing in the government's broader program. Other innovative aspects will include (i) demonstrating quality learning environments and interventions to be scaled up; (ii) introducing international good practices and innovative preprimary education and TVET solutions; and (iii) transforming learning through technology and digital education to empower students and teachers, especially in the context of learning loss recovery. The program will emphasize generating and disseminating knowledge solutions.
Impact

Holistic development of Mongolian citizens with competencies to work and live in the digital era, participate in a knowledge-based society, and engage in lifelong learning ensured

Outcome

Preprimary education and TVET students' learning outcomes improved

Outputs

Preprimary education and TVET quality enhanced

Access to inclusive preprimary education and TVET facilities and services increased

Capacity for governance, management, and administration of preprimary education and TVET facilities and services improved

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The main stakeholders are government and nongovernment agencies and development partners in the education sector; and the main beneficiaries are all current and future Mongolian preprimary and TVET students and their families. The results-based lending program boundary is time and subsector slice of the ESMTDP. Developing the ESMTDP and its detailed activities and indicators was an intensive 2-year effort involving a large team of government officials, nongovernment and civil society organizations, academics, and researchers.
During Project Implementation Implementation of the ESMTDP, and the proposed program, will be coordinated through the Local Education Group of development partners chaired by the MES together with the Embassy of Japan.
Responsible ADB Officer Tajima, Eisuke
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education and Science
Timetable
Concept Clearance 12 Dec 2022
Fact Finding 18 Sep 2023 to 22 Sep 2023
MRM 23 Nov 2023
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 Dec 2022

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Title Document Type Document Date
Education Sector Results-Based Lending Program: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Dec 2022

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