Improving the Quality of Initial and Primary Education in Uruguay (WB-P159771)

  • Uruguay
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 16, 2016
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Oriental Republic of Uruguay
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 40.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 59.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Aug 16, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Sep 14, 2016

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Project Description
The development objectives of the Improving the Quality of Initial and Primary Education in Uruguay Project for Uruguay are to improve the teaching practices and the learning environment in early and primary education, as well as the internal efficiency in primary education, all in full-time schools (FTS), and to strengthen the evaluation capacity of the education system. The project is comprised of four components. The first component, early education, will provide support to increase access to early education for 3-year olds and to improve the quality of early education for 3 to 5 year olds. It consists of following sub-components: (i) access to early education; and (ii) quality improvements in early education. The second component, primary education will: (i) support added class time (through the expansion of the FTS model), better use of additional class time (through school principal training), and improved physical environments; and (ii) improve teaching practices with a focus on the development of competencies, socio-emotional skills and the alignment of skills imparted with graduate profiles. It consists of following sub-components: (i) infrastructure in primary education; and (ii) quality improvements in primary education. The third component, transition between primary and secondary education, will improve internal efficiency in the short term by supporting students at-risk in their transition to lower secondary education and by helping articulate institutions in primary and secondary education through intra-level school partnerships. It consists of following sub-components: (i) strengthening the second cycle of primary education; and (ii) pilot alliances between primary and secondary schools. The fourth component, monitoring and evaluation system, will seek to improve the evaluation capacity of the education system as well as to ensure good management.
Investment Description
The World Bank, through the International Bank For Reconstruction And Development, has committed US$40 million to this project, and there is US$19 million in counterpart financing from the borrower. The variable–spread loan has a final maturity of 10 years, including a grace period of 5 years.

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