WASHINGTON, April 15, 2022 – The World Bank today approved a $150 million grant from the International Development Association (IDA)* to support improved learning outcomes in basic education in Chad.
The Improving Learning Outcomes Project in Chad aims to increase access to primary education while also focusing on the quality of instruction in the areas of reading, writing and numeracy through reforms of the teacher continuous professional development system and capacity building of teachers, school principals. , and educational support staff. The project also aims to provide digital tools for effective pedagogy and to expand the use of mother tongue teaching in around 1,200 schools. It will also strengthen the quality of teaching in five bilingual teacher training institutes (ENIB). In addition, the project will contribute to building the capacity of management systems such as the education management and information system and human resource management.
“The project goes beyond previous World Bank education operations by introducing performance-based conditions (PBCs) that will be used to strengthen systems for integrating community teachers into the public sector and improve management and the long-term financing of these systems”, mentioned Rasit Pertev, World Bank country director for Chad. Performance-based conditions will be used to ensure that the government assumes continued responsibility for the management of community teachers after project closure.
The project will strengthen the recruitment and financing of primary school teachers and more particularly community teachers through two options: 2,000 category 2 community teachers will be gradually integrated into the civil service, 50% of whom will be women, and 10,800 others will receive grants. of the state over the duration of the five-year project.
In terms of equitable access, the project will support public and community schools in three areas: providing basic school infrastructure to communities that lack it; expanding space in existing schools to help reduce overcrowding in classrooms; and catch-up classes for out-of-school children, as well as children who are falling behind and at risk of dropping out.
About 2.8 million students enrolled in public and community primary schools will benefit from the capacity building of 31,500 teachers, principals and educational support staff, and some 3.2 million students will benefit from increased equitable access to quality learning environments and expanded covered spaces to use. to accommodate children from overcrowded classes.
*Founded in 1960, the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and loans at low or no interest rates for programs that stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and improve living conditions. IDA is one of the most important sources of assistance to the 1.5 billion people who live in the 75 poorest countries in the world, including 39 in Africa. Annual IDA commitments have averaged about $18 billion over the past three years, of which about 54 percent has gone to Africa.
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