Moscow Marina Vasilieva (7-095) 745-7000
Washington Miriam Van Dyck (1-202) 458-2931
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2004 - The World Bank today approved a US$100 million loan for the first phase of a total $300 million Adaptable Program loan to the Russian Federation for the e-Learning Support Project. The first phase of the project will support education modernization goals of the Federal Targeted Program for 2001-2005 “e-Education,“ and will help improve accessibility, quality, and efficiency of general and first level vocational education all over Russia.
“As a result of the project, the majority of schools in project regions, and leading model schools in some other regions, will move to a level of ICT use in teaching and learning that will result in the efficient use of digital learning resources and electronic tools necessary for full participation in a knowledge society; promote active and independent student learning; and encourage the flexible organization of learning,” says Mary Canning, Task Manager for the project.
The project has three main components:
- Learning Materials. The project will address the critical shortage of appropriate e-learning materials in Russian and introduce an effective system for the creation, acquisition, storage and maintenance of digital learning resources. As a result of this component implementation a universal collection of digital teaching and learning resources will be created in line with the best international standards and resources will be made available to every general school student in Russia.
- Teachers Training in the Educational Use of Information and Communication Technologies. The project will support training of current and future teachers and management staff of education authorities in the participating regions in the effective use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the education process. The training programs will result in a change of training patterns and teaching practices in general and initial vocational schools both within and beyond the participating regions. New generation of training materials - as well as consulting services on how to use these materials prepared in the framework of the project - will become available for training of teachers throughout the entire territory of the Russian Federation.
- Development of a Network of Interschool Resource Centers. The project will help create a network of regional and municipal Interschool Resource Centers in 7 pilot regions of the Russian Federation, including Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Perm, Chelyabinsk, Karelia, Kaluga and Stavropol to support the introduction of ICT in general and initial vocational education (not less than 200 Centers), and the development of a system of hardware, software, telecommunication, management and advisory support for the introduction of ICT in general and initial vocational education, as well as additional education based on a network of resource centers. It will support extensive distribution of materials and dissemination of new teaching practices, and will help improve ICT qualifications of managers, general school teams and initial vocational education teachers.
“The project is of an innovative nature, and is aimed at supporting the e-Education and e-Russia programs,” says World Bank Russia Country Director Julian Schweitzer. “As an outcome, the project will create enhanced labor market-relevant learning opportunities for students, regardless of their social status or geographical location.”
The project was designed by the leading Russian and international experts with substantial involvement on the side of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Communications.
The 4 year long first phase of the project has a total cost of $145.44 million, of which $100 million will be financed by IBRD, and $45.44 million will be counterpart financing provided by the Russian Federation.
The terms of the loan include a 5-year grace period and 17 years’ maturity.
The Russian Federation joined the World Bank in 1992. Since then, commitments to the country total more than US$13 billion for 58 operations.
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