AfDB Supports Tunisia’s Education Policy

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Tunis, 28 September 2005 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank on Wednesday in Tunis approved a loan of 50 million units of account* (60 million Euros or 97 million Tunisian Dinars) to finance the Secondary Education Support Project, Phase II (SESP II) in Tunisia.

The project aims at supporting implementation of the Government's education policy, which guarantees free and compulsory access to good quality basic and secondary education for all children aged 6-16, through the increase of the intake capacity, and the improvement of the relevance and quality of basic and secondary education.

The project shall be implemented over a period of five years, focusing on the following four components:

  • promoting access and equity in 2nd cycle basic education and in secondary education;
  • enhancing the quality and relevance of 2nd cycle basic and secondary education;
  • consolidating the management and monitoring/evaluation framework and mechanisms of the school system;
  • supporting project management.

The project will make it possible to build and equip 50 new junior secondary schools and 20 high schools, and to rehabilitate other schools. This will create capacity for an overall enrollment of 58,000 more pupils in second cycle basic education and secondary education. A national strategy for sustainable management of school infrastructure and equipment will be drawn up within the framework of the project.

The project will help improve the quality and relevance of both types of education, notably through the introduction of new subjects, the procurement of IT equipment for multimedia laboratories in schools, the drafting and production of digital training literature and modules, the training of 150 pedagogical instructors – inspectors, pedagogical advisers, teacher trainers – and 4,000 teachers in different areas of secondary education reform.

The management and monitoring/evaluation framework and mechanisms of the school system at the central and regional levels will be enhanced by building the capacities of structures responsible for monitoring/evaluating, providing technical assistance and ensuring staff training.

The project supplements the two previous education sector operations funded by the ADB Group, namely: the Scientific and Technical Education Reinforcement Project completed in 1995 and the Secondary Education Support Project (SESP I) to be completed in December 2005.

ADB operations in Tunisia started in 1968. To date, the ADB has committed a total amount of 2 billion US $ for 55 operations.

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