Evaluation of the EU Support to the Education Sector in Nepal
The EU supports the education sector in Nepal as part of the EU-Nepal cooperation strategy (2014-2020). Within this scope the EU supports the implementation of the SSDP (School Sector Development Plan) as a whole and with a particular focus on equity, quality and resilience.
The main implementing modality of the EU support to SSDP is budget support. Complementary measures include a Technical Assistance (TA) Facility to support the implementation and the reviews of the SSDP. To complement this support, the EU is also working with Civil Society Organisations which support educational intervention at municipal and school level. The Evaluation focuses on three interventions, one of the is the SSDP TA Facility. The second one, ”Hamro Shikshya”: Strengthening CSOs role in governance and accountability of Nepal’s education sector has the overall objective to strengthen CSOs’ role in governance and accountability of Nepal’s education sector at the local level. In addition, it has three specific objectives (SO) and one cross-cutting objective (CCO). The overarching objective of the third intervention, PEAK!: Partnership for Equity and Access in Kapilbastu, is to contribute to achieving Universal Basic Education in Nepal through the enhanced participation of local Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the decision making and management of quality Basic Education services.
In particular the project aims to enhance capacities of 18 local CSOs to promote equity and quality early childhood and basic education in 24 Community Schools in 8 Village Development Committees in Kapilbastu District, in collaboration with local communities and local Government.
The focus of the evaluation is on the assessment of achievements, quality and results of interventions in the context of an evolving cooperation policy with increasing emphasis on result-oriented approaches and the contribution towards the implementation of the SDGs. It should provide an overall independent assessment of the past performance of 3 programmes with key lessons learned, conclusions and recommendations for improvement, as well as information to understand the performance of the intervention to adjust its design or implementing modalities, information to help define more precisely the use of additional funding of 1 M EUR planned and inform the planning and needs of TA of the future Education Sector Plan (2021-2030) and the future EU interventions in the same sector.