34160-013: Education Sector Development Program

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details

Description

The ESDP will support the implementation of Uzbekistan's medium-term education and training development plan, commonly designated as National Program for Personnel Training (NPPT), by addressing four major sector-wide challenges, namely (i) modernizing the structure, contents, and processes of education; (ii) improving sector sustainability and efficiency; (iii) reforming governance of education; (iv) providing protection for the poor. The Policy Loan will facilitate the implementation of urgent reform measures affecting the entire sector, while the Project Loan will fund key investments aimed at improving the quality of basic education and sector management practices. The medium-term education policy framework and the associated policy actions of the ESDP collectively address the four major sector challenges. Modernizing the contents and structure of education will involve (i) pursuing ongoing efforts to streamline and simplify the structure of education, (ii) developing modern curricula and educational quality monitoring mechanisms, and (ii) strengthening the teacher education system, in particular through the introduction of distance learning. Sustainability and efficiency of the education sector will be enhanced by (i) redeploying and retraining the administrative staff in line with the decentralization process, (iii) reviewing the service conditions of the education personnel, paying particular attention to those categories working in difficult conditions, (iii) and rationalizing the network of schools and institutions. The governance and management systems of education should be reformed with a view to (i) developing national capacities in the area of policy formulation, planning and financial management, (ii) encouraging community participation in school management, and (iii) supporting the emergence of a nongovernment education sector. Access of the poor to quality education will be protected by (i) an improved targeting public resources towards deprived areas, and (ii) special assistance schemes for vulnerable population groups.

Description

The ESDP will support the implementation of Uzbekistan's medium-term education and training development plan, commonly designated as National Program for Personnel Training (NPPT), by addressing four major sector-wide challenges, namely (i) modernizing the structure, contents, and processes of education; (ii) improving sector sustainability and efficiency; (iii) reforming governance of education; (iv) providing protection for the poor. The Policy Loan will facilitate the implementation of urgent reform measures affecting the entire sector, while the Project Loan will fund key investments aimed at improving the quality of basic education and sector management practices. The medium-term education policy framework and the associated policy actions of the ESDP collectively address the four major sector challenges. Modernizing the contents and structure of education will involve (i) pursuing ongoing efforts to streamline and simplify the structure of education, (ii) developing modern curricula and educational quality monitoring mechanisms, and (ii) strengthening the teacher education system, in particular through the introduction of distance learning. Sustainability and efficiency of the education sector will be enhanced by (i) redeploying and retraining the administrative staff in line with the decentralization process, (iii) reviewing the service conditions of the education personnel, paying particular attention to those categories working in difficult conditions, (iii) and rationalizing the network of schools and institutions. The governance and management systems of education should be reformed with a view to (i) developing national capacities in the area of policy formulation, planning and financial management, (ii) encouraging community participation in school management, and (iii) supporting the emergence of a nongovernment education sector. Access of the poor to quality education will be protected by (i) an improved targeting public resources towards deprived areas, and (ii) special assistance schemes for vulnerable population groups.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Improvements in the relevance and the quality of education are critical to Uzbekistan's democratization and transition to a market economy. Uzbekistan's education system must also be re-oriented in a cost-effective and sustainable manner. The ESDP will support selected policy interventions, adjustment measures, and critical investments that may otherwise be hampered by resistance to change in the education system or adversely affected by budgetary constraints.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: C
Involuntary Resettlement:
Indigenous Peoples:

 

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