The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided technical assistance amounting to $1,000,000 to support a project on ICT and HIV/AIDS Preventive Education in the Cross-Border Areas of the GMS for an 18-month period beginning March 2003. The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) were appointed Executing Agencies for implementation of the Project each with its own sub-project component.
The SEAMEO component was implemented by the SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO TROPMED, SEAMEO INNOTECH and SEAMEO SEAMOLEC in partnership with participating countries (Cambodia, Lao PDR, People's Republic of China [Yunnan Province], Thailand, and Vietnam). It focused on expanding the use of information and communication technology (ICT) by teachers for HIV/AIDS preventive education in schools in selected sites.
Since the formal signing of the Project Agreement between SEAMEO and ADB on 7 March, 2003, the following activities have been conducted: sites visits for situational analysis and monitoring; training of trainers for the development and production of ICT-based learning materials; the development of a database and a SEAMEO-ADB website; procurement of ICT equipment for the national teams and 36 participating schools; a Mid term Workshop and the final review.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between ADB and the SEAMEO Secretariat on 29 June 2004. It recorded the understandings reached among members of the Mission on the design and scope of work, cost estimates, financing and implementation arrangements, and time frame of the Phase II of the Project.
The final review of the TA with the ADB took place on 16-17 December 2004. The Project was assessed in terms of the performance indicators spelled out in project logical framework.
In quantitative terms, the Project's outputs were above targets. ICT based HIV/AIDS preventive education reached nearly 25,000 students in 36 schools, 434 classroom teachers were given basic training, and 36 schools were provided with basic hardware and software. In qualitative, quality of teaching methodology was greatly enhanced, resulting in a higher level of student participation and teacher satisfaction. More active community involvement and cross-border cooperation are highlights of this Project. However, the 18-month period was insufficient to assure sustainability and institutionalization of the project. Hence attempts are being made to secure funding for Phase II from ADB or other funding agencies.