The World Bank Education team met with CEP PIU staff and discussed the ongoing activities in the frames of the "Education Improvement Project Additional Financing" loan program
During October 05-11, 2022 the World Bank (WB) Education team, visited Armenia to meet with RA Authorities and discuss the development priorities of the sector and to find out the possible scope and nature of further cooperation between the RA government and the World Bank.During the visit on October 7 the World Bank delegation met with the “Center for Education Projects” PIU staff.The mission was led by Ms. Renata Freitas Lemos(Senior Economist, Task TeamLeader)and also included Mr. Javier Botero and Ms. Anna Malkhasyan(Education Consultants). The focus of the meeting was the discussion of the current/ongoing activities in the frames of WB-financed "Education Improvement Project Additional Financing" loan program. The guests were welcomed by G. Hovhannisyan, the director of “CenterforEducation Projects” PIU.He stressed theimportance and effectiveness of the projects both for general and higher education that had been successfully implemented in the frames of EIP and are currently ongoing in a result of a nice cooperation with the World Bank...
Currently the "Education Improvement Project Additional Financing" loan programis also aimes at further improving the quality of education and creating an educational system in line with the international standards.Emphasizing the joint work, he thanked the World Bank representatives for their consistent support in the field of education.During the meeting, the parties discussed various project related and organizational issues.The heads of the 4 sub-components of the EIP AF first component “Enhancing the Quality of General Education” and the Head of the EIP AF second component “Mainstreaming of the Competitive Innovation Fund (CIF) for Higher Education Institutions (HEI) into Full Implementation” presented a comprehensive picture of the activities of the PIU in the context of the EIP AF referring to the preparatory stage of the projectand to the implemented, ongoing and planned activities.Participants of the meeting referred to a number of issues related to the preschools establishment and micro-projects implementation processand to the start of rehabilitation/construction activities in 4 high schools in the frames of the loan program;besides, some issues related to the conducted needs assessment activities in the educational institutions of Armavir region and further provision of science and engineering laboratory equipment, furniture and materials for general education schools were also discussed.
Activities related to the announcement of the CIF grants aimed at increasing the relevance, effectiveness and accessibility of education as well as the priority directions defined for the CIF new cycle had also been discussed..It was also mentioned that the deadline for the submission of proposals in the frames of the Second component has been set November 21, 2022.