Zambia Enhancing Early Learning (ZEEL) Project (WB-P174012)

  • Zambia
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Apr 15, 2021
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Zambia
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 39.80 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Aug 5, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Jun 25, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the project objective is to improve access for children of 3-6 years of age to quality early childhood services in targeted areas.

  1. Component 1: Improving Access to Early Childhood Education and School Readiness Opportunities. The MoGE has articulated a draft strategy for the expansion of ECE services. The proposed project will support that strategy through the following two sets of interventions:
    1. Sub-component 1.1. Expansion of ECE Facilities and Promotion of Healthy ECE environment. In order to help expand ECE access and to ensure a healthy ECE environment the project will support three types of interventions under this sub-component.

    2. Sub-component 1.2. Expand Access to a Comprehensive Array of ECE Resources and Parenting Support. To increase the effectiveness of early childhood services, the proposed project will put together a comprehensive system to provide an array of services linking young children and their families to qualified personnel, quality equipment and age relevant cognitive and socio-emotional developmental materials, and parenting support resources.
  2. Component 2. Enhancing Quality of Services Critical to Early Childhood Education and School Readiness. In all communities in the targeted areas, the project will support a set of interventions to promote the delivery of quality learning opportunities through the following two sets of activities;

    1. Sub-component 2.1. Support Continuous ECE Professional Development. The project will enhance professional capacity of ECE centers and satellites.
    2. Sub-component 2.2. Use of formative and summative assessment. Under this sub-component, the project will develop tools and instruments to support formative and summative assessment.

    3. Sub-component 2.3. ECE Materials for Early Stimulation and Learning. The project will support the development and distribution of ECE materials for early stimulation and early learning, including the stimulation of early reading and playful tools as well as additional development, production and distribution of ECE guides for teachers, caregivers and facilitators in targeted areas.
  3. Component 3: System Strengthening, Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Communications. This component will support strengthening MoGE’s capacity to guide and manage the sector, to provide services in COVID-19 like situation, and to implement the proposed project in a timely, effective and efficient manner through the following sub-components.

    1. Sub-component 3.1. System strengthening. This sub-component will support activities to strengthen the capacity of the MoGE, particularly of ECE Directorate, Provincial and District Education Offices for evidence-based planning, budgeting, managing and monitoring ECD programs.
    2. Sub-component 3.2. System Capacity for continuity of service delivery.

    3. Sub-component 3.3. Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation. While MoGE will be responsible for overall implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the project, the District Education Boards (DEB) will play a key role in planning, implementing and monitoring the project.
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World Bank:
Nalin Jena
Senior Education Specialist
Ministry of Finance

Implementing Agency:
Ministry of General Education
Jabbin Mulwanda
Permanent Secretary 


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