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The Educational Sector Institutional Support Project aims at contributing to efforts at developing human resources in the educational sector by strengthening institutional capacity for long-distance teachers training, using new information and communication technologies. The project is in line with the objectives, strategies and actions adopted by the National Plan on Education for All (EFA / NAP).
The project also contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in the consolidation of basic education, quality improvement of integrated basic education, equity improvement, combating regional disparities, as well as strengthening partnerships with social organizations. The project has two main components: national capacity for long-distance learning strengthening and project management.
Results achieved: All the objectives were achieved. The project has helped to improve the quality of education in Cape Verde, through the training and development of its human resources. This improvement will provide an opportunity for equitable access to education and quality learning for boys and girls. Improving the quality of education has led to increased internal efficiency. Students are therefore more likely to succeed in school. Although women are strongly represented as teachers, 65.3% at primary level, the project will preserve these gains by ensuring the equitable participation of men and women in various training activities under the project, and especially abroad. Improved education quality and internal efficiency of the educational system have allowed a greater number of girls enrolled in primary school to continue their studies, thereby increasing their chances of gaining access to secondary education.
Testimonial: Aidil Borges, Coordinator of Education Projects Execution Unit
"The institutional support to the educational sector project was a grant. Though the amount was not substantial, the project had a huge impact. This project allowed us to solve a major problem – that of quality. The project aimed at training teachers using new information and communication technologies through distance learning techniques to solve the problem of territorial discontinuity. Teachers who live in the municipalities often do not have access to training centers that are located in urban centers such as Mindelo and Praia. We have noticed that many people are not trained, especially teachers, because they cannot afford travelling to another island. Despite being one of the smallest ever financed projects by the AfDB in Cape Verde, the project had a considerable impact, because it was designed to complement other projects previously financed by the Bank. The project ensured the training of teachers without them leaving their cities through distance learning techniques. In the first phase, the project covered only two islands in the country, namely Santo Antão and Santiago. In the second phase, the project was extended to cover all teachers in the system. This project allowed to work out issues of citizenship, moral and social values, elements that needed to be strengthened in the education framework reforms. Although a small amount, about 12% of the total education portfolio managed by Cape Verde, the impact of the project was remarkable. We managed to build and equip the educational radio with new technologies and provide resources for almost all centers on the islands. The multimedia programmes and content that were produced benefited both teachers, through the B-learning programme, and the society in general, through the radio."
Testimonial: Teresa Carvalho Silva Borges, President of the Pegagogical Institute
"The Pedagogical Institute (PI) is responsible for training school teachers, kindergarten teachers and other educators for pre-primary and primary education sectors. The PI consists of three training schools located in Praia, Mindelo and Assomada. Our courses run in schools and conducted through distance learning. The first experience of distance learning started in the Mindelo School, in 2002/2003 and it trained dozens of teachers in Santo Antão. In 2007, we began a new distance learning programme on the islands of Fogo and Brava, funded through the institutional support provided by the AfDB to the educational sector. This training led to the creation of continuing education and distance learning education programme for citizenship. Before initiating the course, ten teachers from PI and the teacher’s training schools in Praia, Mindelo, Assomada and the Educational Radio technicians were trained and they became the team responsible for design, organization and implementation of the education for citizenship programme. All capacity building modules were prepared in the PI and resulted in the training manual "Education for Citizenship”. The capacity building programme was always accompanied by audio support. Sixty-four radio sessions were produced. With AfDB support we were able to equip schools in Praia, Mindelo and Assomada. Information and communication technology was provided. Radio Education was our great partner in developing the course through radio sessions. Initially, 1510 teachers were trained, including 110 additional staff trained. After the final evaluation of the first phase, the AfDB has decided to finance a second phase of the project, which benefited the rest of the elementary school teachers. Around 3,200 teachers were trained."
Testimonial: Luís Fortes, Educational Radio Director
"The Educational Radio is supervised by the Ministry of Education. Its purpose is to conduct teachers and students’ distance training as well as promote awareness campaigns for behavior and attitude change. The Educational Radio has been working with elementary school students through an alternative methodology for the enhancement of English language and mathematics learning. The Educational Radio equally adhered to the project to develop a training programme for teachers on education for citizenship financed by the AfDB. This funding made it possible for us to broaden our coverage at the national level because it helped us purchase some equipment to strengthen the radio studios and radio transmitters and repeaters. We currently cover almost 100% of the country."