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Dominican Republic - Basic Education Project (Inglês)

The ratings for the project are as follows: the project outcome is satisfactory, the project's sustainability is likely, the institutional development impact is modest, and the Bank and Borrower performance are both satisfactory. While far from a "new" lesson learned, the project illustrates once again the need for sustained increased public basic education spending if this type of investment is to fully succeed. The Bank needs to be even more proactive in insisting not only on timely and sufficient allocation of project counterpart funds for project execution, but also on overall increases in funding for the sub-sectors targeted for investment. Institutional capacity-building involves a cultural shift which requires strong leadership by example at all levels, including demonstration of the use of information for decision-making and clear designation of roles and responsibilities for accountability. It also requires continuity of staff and a degree of immunity from political changes above. So long as shifts in presidential power result in massive sweeps and/or relocations of civil servants, based on political party affiliation, efforts to improve institutional capacity are unlikely to produce lasting results. Simply encouraging parents and community leaders to get involved in school management is not enough. Parents require training, empowerment (authorization) and some control over financial resources to get engaged. School nutrition programs (desayuno escolar) are an important incentive for student attendance and retention at school. In-service teacher training programs should be grounded in the practical teaching and learning realities of classrooms, rather than based on prevailing academic theories of education. Secondly, a clear definition of the teaching/learning objectives sought through in-service training is necessary to ensure both selection of high-quality institutions capable for providing this training and downstream impact measurement. There must be some mechanism to assess school performance before and after training, including links to teacher performance. Offering both scholarships and higher salaries for diplomas certainly encourages teachers to participate in training, but actual training impact is likely to be higher and more cost-effective if teachers participate financially, as well. Co-financed projects require very careful project design and particular attention to the distribution of financing by components, sub-components and categories of investment. Ensuring synchronization of financier timelines is also essential to avoid debilitating "starts and stops" in project execution. Equally important for co-financed projects, is the harmonization of World Bank and IDB procurement procedures. Efforts to improve project implementation through initiatives such as the Implementation Improvement Support Group can indeed be very effective, particularly when this is combined with flexibility on the part of Bank task managers to make needed adjustments on its side. Project design must allow for considerable flexibility over a 5-6 year implementation period, given the high probability of changes in Government, task team leaders and external environments. Ensuring that Secretariat of Education personnel are ultimately responsible for project execution (NOT the project coordination unit) significantly improves internal management capabilities.

Detalhes

  • Data do documento

    2003/12/29

  • TIpo de documento

    Conclusão da Implementação e Relatórios sobre Resultados

  • No. do relatório

    27452

  • Nº do volume

    1

  • Total Volume(s)

    1

  • País

    República Dominicana,

  • Região

    América Latina e Caribe,

  • Data de divulgação

    2010/07/01

  • Nome do documento

    Dominican Republic - Basic Education Project

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