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 Press release - The World Bank Supports Reforms Of The Education System Of Azerbaijan (WB)

 Press release date: 24.06.1999

The World Bank
Resident Mission in Azerbaijan
News Release No. 99/3/AZ

Contact: Saida Bagirova (994-12) 92 19 41
Fax: (994-12) 92 14 79


BAKU, 25 June 1999 On May 24, 1999, the International Development Association approved an SDR 3.7 million equivalent (US$5 million) development credit for Azerbaijan for the Education Reform Project.

The Education Reform Project a Learning and Innovation Loan (LIL) - will be the first Bank project in the sector, with a particular focus on curriculum development and teacher training. It will provide the opportunity to deepen policy dialogue with the Government, and more importantly to assist the Government in implementing the overall education reform program. It is hoped that this will provide a basis for a larger project in the future, which would use the lessons of experience under the LIL.

The more specific objectives of the Project are to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning in selected grades of General Education through implementation of three components:

  • Curricilim reform (US$1.2 million). This is a major component of the project which would support institutional and process innovations in curriculum development, by attempting to better coordinate the development of curriculum between relevant institutions, and introducing new consultation processes during the curriculum development process.
  • Teacher education and pilot schools (US$3.2 million) component would support piloting new teacher education curriculum, including new teaching methods, and delivery mechanisms, focusing on Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) and Pilot Schools in five proposed districts (Baku, Sumgayit, Lenkoran, Genje and Nakhichevan).
  • Project management and monitoring and evaluation component (US$0.6 million) would support the operation of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) during project life, focusing on evaluating the impact of Project interventions through monitoring and evaluation in five TEIs and twenty Pilot Schools, in order to provide lessons for broader sectoral reform.

The total cost of the project is US$5.5 million, of which the government will contribute US$0.5 million. The credit will be disbursed on standard IDA terms and will be repayable in 35 years, including a 10-year grace period. Since Azerbaijan joined the World Bank in 1992 and IDA in 1995, commitments total approximately US$360 million for 12 loans.

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