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Project ID:00073276Description:Bhutan - Education
Bhutan UN Country Fund
Start Date *: 14 Dec 2009
End Date*: 31 Dec 2012
Country: Bhutan Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

UNDAF Outcome 3: By 2012, access to quality education for all, with gender equality and special focus on the hard-to-reach population, improved. (MDGs 2, 3)

CT Outcome 1: Improved quality of education delivered by relevant stakeholders.

Strategy/Outputs: UNICEF will support the Government with early learning (3- to 6-year-olds) to increase the developmental readiness of young children for school, and will contribute to the timely enrolment of children, especially girls, in schools as well as to the reduction of dropouts. The capacity of key partners, including parents and communities, will be strengthened to provide young children with early learning opportunities. Early childhood care and education advocacy and awareness will be strengthened through the NFE curriculum.

The Child Friendly School concept will be implemented with assistance from UNICEF to strengthen the quality of education. Capacity of teachers will be strengthened to deliver a quality education using child-friendly methods and processes. In addition, targeted teachers and schools will be equipped to teach multiple grades as well as to teach children with special learning needs. Needs of young people aged 15 to 24 will be addressed through life skills education and non-formal education. WFP will support the Government in developing the capacity of the Ministry of Education to assume increased responsibility for school feeding.

CT Outcome 2: National capacity to revise and implement the educational curricula enhanced.

Strategy/Outputs: UNICEF, UNFPA and UNESCO will strengthen the capacity of Government counterparts to revise the curriculum to incorporate values education/life skills at basic education level.

Assistance will be extended to develop the capacity of teachers, through both pre- and in-service programmes, to practice child-friendly, active learning processes in the classrooms; to teach values-based education; and to monitor learning achievements. UNICEF and WFP will assist the Ministry of Education in developing capacity in the areas of multi-grade teaching methodologies and teacher supervision, and will provide extra guidance in the classrooms as well as in school feeding management and reporting.

CT Outcome 3: School enrolment, particularly for girls, increased through improved facilities, school feeding and targeted advocacy.

Strategy/Outputs: WFP will support the Government in its policy of improving access to education by providing nutritious meals for primary and secondary school students, particularly those from rural families who are vulnerable to food insecurity. UNICEF will assist the Government in promoting the importance of education in rural/remote communities. In areas with low primary net enrolment, communications strategies will be developed and implemented to increase enrolment, while support also will focus on increasing retention and completion rates. Support will also be provided to innovative strategies to increase the enrolment in underserved areas. WFP will place special emphasis on increasing girls’ enrolment, especially at the secondary level, by increasing the availability of safe boarding facilities equipped with matron quarters and trained matrons, while UNICEF will provide training to matrons on health, hygiene and protection issues. UNICEF and WFP will also assist the Ministry of Education in improving sanitation and hygiene practices at selected schools through the upgrading of water and sanitation facilities and advocacy on good hygiene practices. Monastic institutions will be provided with safer water and sanitation facilities and will be enabled to include an English-language curriculum. Capacity development will continue in the areas of nutrition and hygiene, which will contribute to an improvement in the overall health of children, and increase attendance and retention of children in schools.

CT Outcome 4: National capacity strengthened to address the emerging challenges faced by young people.

Strategy/Outputs: UNFPA and UNICEF will support the Government in developing capacity at the national, local and community levels to promote healthy and positive behaviour amongst young people. UNFPA will support establishment of additional Youth Information Centres to conduct youth forums and winter youth programmes that provides opportunities to young people to discuss their issues openly among themselves. UNICEF will provide life skills-based education to young people enrolled in non-formal education centres to improve the quality of their lives. UNICEF also will develop the capacity of the Government, CSOs and the media to increase participation of children and youth and support their empowerment.

Toward that end, UNICEF will provide technical and financial assistance to expand mechanisms, structures and opportunities for children’s and youth’s participation in planning and implementation of policies, programmes and measures that affect their lives. It will strengthen partnership with CSOs to improve knowledge and life skills for children and youth so they can protect themselves from adverse influences, violence, abuse and exploitation, and can actively participate in social activities as well as involve in Gross National Happiness process.

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