The grant of US$1.4 million supports the Education Sector Institutional Strengthening program (RISE, from the French acronym), aimed at:
- strengthening regulatory, management and pedagogical support tools in the pre-primary, basic, and secondary education sectors;
- systematizing training of all education personnel in pedagogy, results-based management and administrative and pedagogical management;
- creating an assessment unit responsible for development of assessment methodologies and assessment of learning for two levels;
- creating the Research, Evaluation and Forward Planning Unit (UEEP), responsible for formulation of a monitoring and evaluation system and design and introduction of an education management information system.
Component 1 involves equipping the system with a range of mechanisms and tools to guide pedagogical performance, functioning and the relationships between educational establishments (pre-primary and basic education sectors) and the various members of the education community by providing a clearer definition of the pedagogical and administrative procedures regulating internal organization.
Activities include the formulation and application of legal measures and pedagogical guidelines in the pre-primary, basic education and secondary sectors, the equipping of pre-primary institutions with play and teaching materials conforming to the new guidelines, and the preparation and application of an administrative and pedagogical management and supervision guide for the pre-primary, basic education and secondary sectors.
Component 2 supports the establishment of a skills-enhancement program for professionals in the pre-primary sector, teachers in the basic education sector, and managers and members of school management bodies in the areas of pedagogy, planning, and human resources, administrative and financial management. This involves training teachers in Portuguese and curriculum implementation and also training management personnel in results-based and administrative and financial management.
Component 3 facilitates the development and promotion of an institutional culture of assessing learning outcomes at all levels of the education system. Activities include establishment of an assessment unit that will develop a new assessment methodology and manage, process, analyze and present learning assessment outcomes for Portuguese and mathematics for two levels (Grades 2 and 4). It is anticipated that the World Bank will support assessment for two other levels (Grades 6 and 8).
Component 4 supports the development and promotion of an institutional culture of monitoring and evaluation of education programs and projects through the establishment within the Ministry of Education of a service for monitoring and evaluation of implementation of the Education Strategic Plan, and which will also be responsible for formulating and implementing the EMIS for basic education. This component also includes evaluation of the RISE program.