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The project which will be implemented over a five year period has 4 strategic outcomes that include: (a) increased access to and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT); (b) increased access to Technical, Entrepreneurial, Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) and Higher Education (HE); (c) improved quality and relevance of HEST in target Institutions with links to the productive sector; and (d) improved monitoring and evaluation system in each of the beneficiary institutions linked to the Ministries of Education; Labour, Industry and Trade; and in TEVETA. The project also includes impact evaluations the first of its kind in Bank public operations to measure the effectiveness of project interventions in increasing participation and improving retention in HEST. To deliver these outcomes, the project was designed with four components:
(i) ICT for Skills Development and Employability;
(ii) Increasing Access to HEST;
(iii) Improving Quality and Relevance of HEST and TEVET; and
(iv) Impact Evaluation, Development of Monitoring and Evaluation System and Project Management.
The objective of the project is to increase access and improve the quality and relevance of HEST
The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy considers Education as one of its priority areas with focus on human capital development. This priority status underpins the GoM's vision to transform Malawi from a predominately importing and consuming country to a net producer and exporter. The Bank's ICSP (2011 -2012) spells out priorities under two pillars: Pillar I has outputs mostly in creating access to regional markets through road transport networks and sea port across all trans port routes; and Pillar II has outputs related to business growth and innovation through creation of value-chain and skills development in the HE and TEVET subsector. A Skills for Private Sector Development study conducted by the Bank in 2009 confirmed that the country is facing a serious challenge of lack of skilled labour. Skills shortages in specific areas were identified through this study. The proposed project will help to address some of these needs.
The HEST project offers a relevant and effective response to the critical need to expand access to quality education for post- secondary graduates caused by previous expansion in primary and secondary education that increased both enrolment rates and pass rates at these levels of education in Malawi. It is also innovative and unique in that the design has incorporated activities (Scholarship to 40% enrolled female students and bridging course for females who lost opportunity to tertiary education due to pregnancy or early marriage) to receive the required education for their empowerment. This is directly targeted at reducing gender inequality and improving equity in delivering education and training. The project will be enhancing quality and relevance of HEST in order to make Higher Education (HE) and Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training (TEVET) outputs more aligned to the requirement of labour market thereby reducing youth unemployment.
KGOSIDINTSI Nana Beth Gokwadilwe - RDGS4