One quick way to identify World Bank projects that have significant components related to ICT use in education is to consult the World Bank Education Projects database maintained by EDSTATS, which identifies over 100 'project activities or features' based on a review of Project Appraisal Documents (PADs). Please note that not all uses of ICTs in World Bank education projects can be identified through a review of PADs or using the education projects database, so you may wish to consult additional resources as well.
The 'project activities or features' that relate to ICT/education include:
We have listed below some representative completed World Bank education projects that contain ICT-related components:
[ Projects with large-scale ICT components ]
Turkey: Secondary Education Project, 2005~2010
This project aims to improve the quality, economic relevance, and equity of secondary education to support lifelong learning. The project will provide ICT training as a core competency for youth to function in a modern knowledge economy.
Russia: e-Learning Support Project, 2004~2008
This program is designed to enhance the system-wide introduction and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Russian general and initial vocational schools. The project will enhance the national capacity to produce high quality learning materials, support teacher training in the educational use of ICT, and develop a network of interschool ICT resource centers.
Tunisa: Education Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) Phase 2, 2004~2008
The main objective of Education Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) is to promote excellence in teaching and learning throughout the school sector, while continuing the push for equity by ensuring the inclusion of all children at all levels of the basic education system. Progress against this objective is measured by enrollment and completion rates, disaggregated by gender.
Jordan: Education Reform for the Knowledge Economy I Program, 2003~2008
The objective of the Education Reform for Knowledge Economy Project (ERfKE) is to support the Government of Jordan to transform the education system at the early childhood, basic, and secondary levels to produce graduates with the skills needed for the knowledge economy.
Argentina: Second Secondary Education Project - Province of Buenos Aires, 2000~2008
The Second Buenos Aires Secondary Education Project is part of the continued Bank support to the education reform process in the Province of Buenos Aires, and its focus is on improving the equity, and quality of, and access to secondary education services.
[ Selected Higher Education Project with an ICT Component ]
Egypt: Higher Education Enhancement Project, 2002~2008
The Higher Education Enhancement Project aims at laying the foundation for improving the quality of the higher education system in Egypt, through legislative reform, institutional restructuring, and establishment of independent quality assurance mechanisms, and monitoring systems.
Projects with small but innovative ICT components related to Distance Learning
Chad: Education Sector Reform Project, 2003~2007
The main objective of the Chad Education Sector Reform Project (PARSET) is to develop the policy framework, strategies, and means for quality universal basic education and to implement corresponding activities. The focus will be on building the institutional capcity for a more effective partnership between the State and the communities, and more equitable access to education. The project seeks also to develop the technical capacity necessary for overall curriculum and pedagogic renewal in Chadian schools, by launching several innovative programs aimed at both expanding access to education and improving the quality of teaching and learning. There are four project components, each of which comprises several sub-components.
Peru: Rural Education Project, 2003~2007
The Rural Education Project in Peru will support the Government's strategy for improving the quality, and equity of basic education, through investments in rural areas with the lowest education indicators, and through systemic reforms of teacher policy, and education management.
[ Projects with initiatives to equip schools with computer labs ]
Armenia: Education Quality & Relevance Project (APL #1), 2004~2008
The Project Development Objective is to improve the quality and relevance of the Armenian school system to meet the challenges of the knowledge society. The key indicator will be that 70 percent of teachers are engaged in activities likely to develop the necessary knowledge and competencies in their students.
Azerbaijian: Education Sector Development Project, 2003~2008
The Education Sector Development Project for Azerbaijan is committed to sectoral reforms in the education sector based on the Education Reform Program of 1999. The purpose of the reform program is to address key sectoral issues, some of which need to be prioritized on the basis of additional analytical work, to improve the quality of education, and to realign the entire sector.
Bhutan: Education Development Project, 2003~2009
The project will support Bhutan's education development program under its 9th Five-Year Plan (2002-2007) to expand access to primary and secondary education, and improve educational quality at all levels. This program is underpinned by the education sector strategy for achieving Bhutan's Vision 20/20, which provides a framework of development principles to improve quality of life of its citizens, and is the result of an extensive nationwide consultative process.
Vanuatu: Education Project (02), 2001~2005
The objective of the Second Education Project (Learning and Innovation Loan) is to identify an efficient, replicable, and sustainable model that provides instruction in vernacular languages and in English and French, in rural areas of Vanuatu. Specifically, the project pilot-tests whether Vanuatu can effectively deliver a package of innovations intended to help the country move toward its objective of Education for All, defined as formal basic education of good quality through year 8.
Mali: Education Sector Expenditure Program, 2000~2006
The overall objective of the first phase of the Mali Education Sector Expenditure Program (ESEP) is to provide increased and equitable access to higher quality education.