WB uses bulk of its funds for education projects in Azerbaijan

26 October 2015 11:46 (UTC+04:00)

By Aynur Karimova

The World Bank has used 89 percent of the funds allocated for the second education development project in Azerbaijan, the total cost of which is $45.4 million.

The bank reported that in late September some 124,400 teachers participated in the project, which aims to expand the effectiveness of teaching at the secondary schools, as well as to improve the efficiency of spending on education.

The project consists of six components: support for the implementation of a reform of a comprehensive program and other reforms ($16.5 million), modernization of teacher training ($18 million), the use of the student assessment to improve the quality of education ($2.8 million), the assistance in preparation for school ($0.2 million), strengthening of development policy and education management ($3.5 million), coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the project ($3.6 million).

Using active learning methods by 30 percent of secondary school teachers by late 2015 is among the objectives of the project.

The World Bank assesses progress in achieving the objectives of the project as moderately satisfactory, while the general progress in the project implementation is estimated as satisfactory.

The project is expected to end on March 31, 2016.

Azerbaijan joined the World Bank in 1992 and since then, World Bank loans to the country have totaled over $3 billion spread over 55 projects. Currently, the World Bank investment portfolio in Azerbaijan includes 16 projects with a total commitment of $2 billion.

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