WB to provide $14.8 m for school sector response project amid Covid-19


DHAKA, Feb 15, 2021 (BSS) – A Grant agreement has been signed today between the
government of Bangladesh and International Development Association (IDA) of the World
Bank Group for an amount of 14.8 million US dollar from COVID-19 Accelerated Funding
Window of Global Partnership for Education (GPE) at Economic Relations Division (ERD) in
the capital.

“Bangladesh COVID- 19 school Sector Response” project will be jointly implemented by
Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME) and Secondary and Higher Education
Division (SHED) of Ministry of Education (MoE), an official handout said here today.

Secretary of ERD Fatima Yasmin and country director of the World Bank, Dhaka office Ms
Mercy Miyang Tembon signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides.

The project has been approved by the World Bank Board on October 20, 2020 and by Planning Commission on January 19, 2021.

To strengthen the basic school system’s institutional capacity to recover from the COVID-19 crisis and to build resilience to face future crisis from pre-primary to secondary level are the main objectives of this project.

Through this project, a total of 25 lakh children of pre-primary to grade 10 (12.05 Lakh Boys and 12.95 Lakh) will be supported with inclusive distance learning through 35 subject programs with complete and appropriate digital contents.

Remote learning system will be fully functional integrating with the basic school system.

The World Bank has been providing support to mitigate the challenges due to Covid-19
pandemic and to overcome the possible consequences in economic sector.