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Education Sector Reform Project

sector: Education | country: Tajikistan

Holistic approach. The project design, which simultaneously strengthens three pillars of support the line ministry (MInistry of Education or MOE), the school, and the community proved to be a good model for future education projects.

Complementary project inputs. The combination of the Education Sector Reform Project (ESRP) and the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) School Improvement Project was a demonstration of successful coordination of projects pursuing related objectives within the same organization.

Transparency and fairness in resource allocation. The use of objective, transparent (poverty index), and fair criteria in allocating assistance funds elicits trust and a positive response from the community.

Application of training to real situations. The in-service training provided participants with new ideas and skills. Combined with the provision of new textbooks and teachers’ manuals written in line wit the methodological training, this has provided teachers with concrete opportunities to practice and develop their skills further.

Sense of ownership at the higher level. Developing a strong sense of ownership at the higher level of the hierarchy is as important as developing it at the ground level.

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