According to World Bank documents, the objective of the proposed investment is to enhance access to, and quality of, secondary education in Maldives.
The proposed Project will support the Government of Maldives (GoM) to improve learning outcomes in science, mathematics and English in the general education system, with a special focus on the secondary education grades 7- 10. The Project will also support the GoM to enable students to access vocational education opportunities in secondary education. The Project will also strengthen teacher performance through focused continuing teacher development initiatives and school-based teacher development programs. In addition, the Project will support the development and implementation of national assessments of learning outcomes for students at secondary grades with international modules. Further, the Project will assist the implementation of internal and external quality assurance and quality enhancement activities in schools. FInally, the Project will support coordination and monitoring, and technical assistance and communication.
The Project is expected to directly benefit about 69,000 students, including around 3,000 children with special education needs, and approximately 8,000 teachers. In addition, the Project will indirectly benefit suppliers of education material and equipment, and later on employers and tertiary education institutions that will receive better qualified secondary school completers.
ENVIRONMENTAL RISK RATING
The Project will assist the MoE mainly for soft interventions in terms of educational curriculum reforms to roll out two innovations to the secondary school curriculum,(i) a vocational skills option will be added to the secondary education grades and (ii) STEM subjects will be introduced in the secondary and higher secondary grades. The focus will be on science and technology, including ICT and digital technology, which have become increasingly important in the post-COVID19 world. Project will finance for Professional Development (SBPD) of teachers to continuously improve teacher motivation, pedagogical skills, competencies and performance. Further it has been designed to support measurement of school performance through quality assurance (QA) reviews consisting of both self- evaluation by schools and external evaluations by the Quality Assurance Department (QAD). In terms of physical interventions, the Project will provide funds to set up STEM laboratories and vocational skills workshops through the refurbishment of classrooms, the provision of equipment and technology, and the delivery of teaching-learning material including textbooks and supplementary reading material. In addition, the Project will assist the development of ICT laboratories, especially through the delivery of equipment and technology. Negative environmental impacts that have moderate risks are associated with the interventions under this project and are most likely in the form of civil works related impacts such as dust, noise and worker and public health and safety as well as waste generation during the rehabilitation works. These impacts are mostly localised and can be managed via Environmental and Social screening and management plans with appropriate site specific mitigation actions. The project will also finance the procurement of ICT equipment such as computers, TV screens and data storage devices that will lead to the generation of E-waste post the useful lifecycle of their use. Potential risks to the communities and environmental hazards related to the disposal of e-waste at the end of the lifetime of the equipment which will be provided to ICT laboratories will be mitigated via risk management measures that will include product specifications and “cradle to grave” provisions in the contracts of suppliers of electronic equipment's such as computers and other accessories in accordance with international best practice. Due to these reasons, the environmental risk is rated moderate at the concept stage.
Ministry of Education Moosa Adam
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Senior Education Specialist
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