The Education Service Delivery Enhancement Project (ESDEP) aims to increase access to preschool and improve learning outcomes in beneficiary primary schools in participating districts.
The project intervenes in six of the country’s 31 regions at both the preschool and primary levels. It is designed to complement two ongoing IDA-funded projects aimed at poverty reduction and social safety nets.
The project aims to bring 90 rural community preschools up to minimum quality standards, increase from 6% to 15% the proportion of second graders with “intermediate or high” scores on EGRA reading tests and from 24% to 35% on EGMA math tests, increasing the proportion of teachers applying new teaching practices. The main indicators are disaggregated for gender, and the program activities are designed to improve gender equality at preschool, primary enrollment and primary learning outcomes levels.
Component I- Improve conditions for improved learning outcomes: (i) pilot a community-based preschool model with support for adapted training for educators and establishment and monitoring of minimum standards; (ii) in-service teacher training, pedagogical advisor support and student learning assessment to support improvements to reading and mathematics learning in primary schools.
Component II- Strengthen education sector management and accountability: (i) cash transfers to local schools to facilitate improvements and local decision-making, (ii) cash transfers to schools based on students’ performance on standardized tests, and (iii) support for targeted studies, policy notes and sector documents for enhanced capacity for education policy and service delivery.
Component III- Improve teaching and learning environment for beneficiary schools: Support infrastructure improvements in primary schools using a community-managed approach.
Component IV- Project implementation and evaluation: (i) funding of the project implementation unit, and (ii) support to evaluations both of project implementation and randomized impact evaluations.
The variable part (linked to results) of the grant is as follows:
- Equity: The share of children in preschool education who are enrolled in a community-based facility will increase from the current baseline of 1.1% in 2016 to 10.1% in 2021.
- Efficiency: The average weekly number of hours taught by lower secondary teachers will increase from 15.6 to 18.1.
- Learning: The standardized learning assessment test scores in reading and mathematics for grade 3 and grade 4 will increase from 35.6 to 50.