Grant agent: UNICEF
The US$750,000 COVID-19 grant supports:
- Distance learning through TV and online platforms
- Increased access to IT resources to enable teachers to produce interactive digital lessons
- In-service teachers training on ICT pedagogy and assessments to support immediate and medium-term educational objectives
- Increased access to online learning for disadvantage students through wi-fi dongles
- A remedial program to mitigate learning loss
- Policy reform around increased use of technology and use of digital devices to improve the quality of learning in the far-flung islands with small schools and relatively small class sizes.
In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Malawi received a GPE grant of US$70,000 to support the Ministry of Education with preparing an education response and recovery plan for COVID-19. The grant is also used to:
- support safe school operation and risk communication
- analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on education
- training of teachers in distance learning.
Education in Maldives
Maldives’ education sector plan (ESP) for 2018-22 is a result of comprehensive education sector analysis and consultative work led by the country’s Ministry of Education (MoE). It is the first time that the MoE has developed a comprehensive sector analysis and education plan since 1995.
The education plan has 4 goals:
- Improved learning for all, through equitable access to quality education
- Skilled youth and adults for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship
- Ensure equitable access to lifelong, affordable and quality higher education for all
- System strengthening for efficiency and quality schools for all.
The ESP covers all key sub-sectors of education including early childhood education, primary and secondary education, higher education and technical and vocational education and training. The monitoring and evaluation framework detailed in the ESP emphasizes the need to develop a number of analytical work using robust data, learning measurements and evaluations.
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The program financed by the US$3.5 million grant will improve learning through:
- effective implementation of the new curriculum
- improving the performance of teachers by strengthening both pre-service and school-based teacher development
- strengthening the country’s system for measuring student learning and school performance.
The program is to be implemented across 93 schools in 12 atolls, reaching 27,600 students and 1,000 teachers at foundational levels for basic education, and across the National Institute of Education, and two universities.
In addition, approximately 5,900 preprimary school students will also benefit from curriculum interventions.
Schools targeted for support have been selected because of low performance on the 2017 national learning assessment.
The program has 4 components:
- Improve learning outcomes in English, mathematics and Dhivehi in pre-primary and primary education. Support will be provided to children with special needs and the program will develop alternative learning pathways for at-risk adolescents. 40 Special Education Needs (SEN) master trainers in strategically selected atolls covering the entire country will adopt a cascade model of training, each master trainer training a further set of teachers in her/his catchment area.
- Improve teacher quality and performance with both pre-service and continuing professional development. This will include multi-grade teaching.
- Advance the measurement of student learning and school performance with initiatives to modernize the learning assessment system and develop the school quality assurance system. The results and findings will be used to inform education policy and program development.
- Coordination, operations and monitoring support, technical expertise, policy research and evaluation, and communication.
All amounts are in US dollars.
Education sector progress
The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in the Maldives, and GPE data shows the country progress on 16 indicators monitored in the GPE Results Framework.
Primary completion rate (%)
Lower secondary completion rate
Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age
Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age
Pre-primary gross enrollment rate
Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary
Public expenditure on education as share of GDP (%)
Students/trained teacher ratio
Teachers trained (%)
Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.