$150 million from the World Bank to support basic education

(Ecofin Agency) – Chad faces many challenges in the education sector. Between low funding and regional disparities, the country wants better access to education for children. Funding from the World Bank will help improve the situation.

The World Bank has approved $150 million from the International Development Association (IDA) in support of the Improving Learning Outcomes in Basic Education Project in Chad (PARAEB), the World Bank reported in an April 15 statement.

The program is aimed at students, teachers and principals. Specific actions are carried out for each category.

Approximately 3.2 million students will benefit from more equitable access to quality learning environments and expanded indoor spaces to accommodate crowded classrooms. At the same time, 2.8 million students enrolled in public and community elementary schools will benefit from quality literacy and numeracy programs. In addition, remedial classes are offered for children outside the school system and for children with developmental disabilities who are exposed to dropping out of school.

For teachers, PARAEB will increase the hiring of 2,000 Level 2 community teachers who will gradually be integrated into the civil service, and 10,800 more will benefit from government grants throughout the project. As for school leaders, their collaboration will allow strengthening the capacity of their institutions.

Around 1,200 schools will be selected to experiment with the use of digital tools and the mother tongue as the language of instruction. The funding, planned for a period of 5 years, will also be used to improve the quality of training in five mainstream schools for bilingual (French-Arabic) teachers.

The educational situation in Chad is characterized by a sharp increase in the number of trainees. The country has an 89% gross enrollment rate in primary schools, according to UNESCO. An index that the government and its partners are trying to improve by increasing the funds allocated to the sector and reducing the disparities between rural and urban areas in terms of access and quality of education.

Vanessa Ngono Atangana

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