Allocation: US$7 million
Grant agent: World Bank
The US$7 million COVID-19 grant supports:
- education continuity by supporting distance learning and providing support to teachers, parents and caregivers (through TV and radio learning contents, online/offline platforms; teacher training; printed materials; communication campaigns for parents to support children’s learning at home and for sensitization on gender-related issues)
- safe re-opening and re-entry to schools through WASH support for students and teachers (hand-washing devices; masks; school disinfections; codes of conduct for disease prevention; disease prevention campaigns through radio)
- provision of salary subsidies for volunteer teachers
- remedial programs for at-risk students and back-to-school campaigns (radio, TV, printed materials)
- A distance learning approach to accommodate students with disabilities so that lessons broadcasted via television have sign language, and braille printed materials are distributed to students with impaired vision
- Girls with targeted back-to-school campaigns, including sensitization programs on early marriage, gender-based violence, early pregnancies and the importance of continuing to learn.
In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Togo received a GPE grant of US$70,000 to support the Ministry of Education with planning its response to the pandemic. The grant is used to:
- procure computers and other equipment for the ministry’s crisis management team
- conduct a rapid risk analysis
- support the design and broadcast of distance learning content aligned to the national curriculum.
Education in Togo
While crises in Togo have hindered education progress, the government has continued to commit to developing effective education strategies. The progress of Togo’s education system entails addressing several challenges. These include low access and equity issues in deprived and rural areas, low secondary schooling completion rates, and low literacy program coverage.
The government’s education strategy 2014-2025 focuses on four key strategies: (i) develop a quality basic education to achieve universal primary education by 2022, (ii) extend preschool coverage in rural and poorer environment, (iii) develop the second cycle of quality secondary, technical, vocational, and higher education courses, and (iv) reduce the illiteracy rate.
The plan spells out four objectives to achieve these strategies:
- Correcting national disparities through attaining universal primary education, increasing completion rates at the primary and junior high levels, and developing a second cycle of secondary education, technical and vocational training, and higher education that aligns with job market needs,
- Improving the effectiveness and quality of education services by improving internal efficiency,
- Developing effective partnerships by opening up dialogue with civil society, involving unions and communities in the decision-making process, and increasing parent participation in school management.
- Improving the management and governance of the education system by implementing a reliable information system, decentralizing management, and increasing accountability and transparency.
Togo’s education sector plan outlines several guiding principles underlying the chosen actions. These include reducing disparities and inequity, stimulating demand, liberalizing provision of education, and promoting a culture of excellence.
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This $15.6 million grant is co-financing the Togo Improving Quality and Equity of Basic Education Project (IQUEBE). GPE’s funding complements the World Bank’s and is composed of US$10.92 million as fixed and US$4.68 million as variable part (results-based).
With a strong focus on improving girls’ education and responses to school-related gender-based violence, the IQUEBE project will continue some of the activities supported by the previous project (Projet d’éducation et de renforcement institutionnel 2 – “PERI 2”) closed in 2019. The new program has three main components:
- Strengthening the quality of education: enhancing teacher pre-service and in-service training, revising curriculum reform and textbook policy and incentivizing teacher monitoring and supervision by distributing performance-based grants at school, regional and district-levels. Classroom visits and observation as well as community empowerment will be supported through school grants supervised and monitored by school-management committees.
- Supporting the achievement of the outcomes in the ‘access and equity’ priority area of the Education Sector Plan (2020-2030) by carrying out interventions related to:
- reducing barriers to girls’ education
- expanding access to basic education
- supporting the establishment of digitally enabled school environments.
The program will finance the construction and rehabilitation of 540 primary and lower-secondary classrooms in targeted disadvantaged prefectures and existing primary and lower-secondary schools that are facing a high unmet demand.
- Strengthening systems for better management and enhancing leadership and accountability systems and practices by building the capacity of the communities through primary public schools’ management committees (COGEPs); and support project management and monitoring and evaluation. This component will also finance technical assistance to conduct surveys (service delivery indicators, evaluation on school health and study related to the position of women within the teaching profession).
The program will contribute to implement a Human Resources Management Information System, a National Learning Assessment System for better monitoring and evaluation of learning outcomes and improve the education management information system. It will also capacitate the school-management committees to ensure their effective monitoring of school-level activities (construction, grants, kits distribution).
A contingency emergency response component is included to help the government improve its response time in the event of future emergencies.
The program also further develops activities supported through the Covid-19 response program (like deployment of remedial programs for at-risk learners and development of multimodal distance learning platform).
All amounts are in US dollars.
|Grant type||Years||Allocations||Utilization||Grant agent|
|Program implementation||2021-2026||15,600,000||2,341,438||WB||Progress report|
|Sector plan development||2018-2020||499,825||499,825||UNICEF|
As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting:
- The Togolese National Coalition for Education for All (CNT/EPT) for the 2019-2021 period. This builds on 11 years of Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) support to national education coalitions for their engagement in education sector policy dialogue.
- Girls Not Bride to mobilize an advocacy alliance across multiple partner countries, including Togo, for the 2021-2023 period.
GPE had provided the Togolese National Coalition for Education for All (CNT/EPT) with a grant from the CSEF to support its engagement in education sector policy dialogue and citizens’ voice in education quality, equity, and financing and sector reform.