PROIECTUL PRIVIND ÎNVĂȚĂMÂNTUL SECUNDAR
ROMANIAN SECONDARY EDUCATION PROJECT
Romanian Secondary Education Project – ROSE is a project having as objectives to reduce dropout in upper secondary and tertiary education and increase the rate of success at the baccalaureate exam in project-supported institutions.
The project is financed through a loan in the amount of 200 million EUR from the Internation Bank for Reconstruction and Development to Romania and is to be implemented over a period of seven years, between 2015 and 2022. The Loan Agreement was signed between the World Bank and the Government of Romania on April 17, 2015 and was ratified through Law no. 234/2015 approved by the Romanian Parliament and published in the Official Journal of Romania, Part I, no. 757/2015.
The implementation body is the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research(MNESR), through the Unit for the Management of Externally Financed Projects(UMEFP).
The project includes three components, the first two components aiming to address the academic and social factors leading to low school and academic performance of the Romanian students in upper secondary and tertiary education. The third component includes the day-to-day ROSE’s management activities, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities, as well as an analysis of existing demand-side programs that are currently under implementation, addressing the needs of disadvantaged upper secondary students.
Component 1 - School-based and Systemic Interventions
Sub-component 1.1 – School-based Interventions will finance grants to low performing public high schools, with a total value of EUR 127.3 million. The grants will be implemented for a period of 4 years, with medium size grant of EUR 100,000.
The objectives of the grants are to reduce dropout rate in the respective high schools, to increase graduation rate and improve rate of success in the baccalaureate exam.
In order to achieve the abovementioned objectives, the high schools will implement activities such as:
(i) Undertake remedial classes, tutoring, vocational counseling and orientation, coaching, mediation with Roma communities and personal development (at least 50% of direct costs);
(ii) Carry out extracurricular and outreach activities, such as documentary trips/visits, internships, participation in different competitions, and school networking activities (up to 30 % of direct costs);
(iii) Contract minor civil works for renovation of internal spaces/rooms (e.g. laboratories) with minimal or no adverse environmental impacts, and purchase of goods (up to 20 % of direct costs).
The project will support about 1160 low performing public high schools, representing around 80% of the total number of public high schools.
The grant scheme will start in 2016 with aprox. 25% of the eligible high schools and will continue in 2017 with the rest of the eligible high schools.
Sub-component 1.2 – Systemic Interventions is meant to support high schools to increase the transition rate to higher education, with a total value of EUR 17.2 million, through activities such as:
(i) Revision of the upper secondary education curriculum;
(ii) Training of teachers and public school directors on implementing the revised curriculum, on adapting the curriculum to the needs and abilities of different students;
(iii) Improving teaching conditions within Teachers Houses (Casa Corpului Didactic);
(iv) Revising and updating Grade 8 and Baccalaureate exam banks of items, providing training for teachers in the area of assessment and improvement of existing information and technologies platform;
(v) Development of digital teaching and learning materials meant to improve teaching and learning processes.
Component 2 – University-Level Interventions and Bridge Programs aiming to support the needs of students at risk of dropping out of public faculties through grants with a total value of EUR 49.1 million.
This component would finance two grant schemes – one non-competitive and one competitive.
The noncompetitive grants scheme will prioritize faculties that teach in fields of potential economic growth in Romania, such as agriculture, engineering, science and medicine.
Eligible activities to be supported by the non-competitive grant scheme, include, but are not limited to remedial programs, tutoring, counseling, guidance and support services, coaching services, workshops in specific areas, and awareness raising campaigns.
The project aims to support about 60,000 at-risk students in 300 faculties, representing about 85% of all the public faculties. The grants will be implemented for a period of 3 years, with medium size grant of EUR 100,000.
The non competitive grant scheme will start in 2017 with around 25% of the eligible faculties and will be followed by the second round, in 2018, for the rest of the eligible faculties.
The competitive grants scheme would finance:
a) the development of summer bridge programs, to be implemented by faculties, which may include activities such as:
(i) summer courses for high school students, to offer these students an early university experience;
(ii) partnerships between high schools, universities and the labour market, to promote the benefits of higher education and professional insertion;
(iii) tutoring programs in campus, developed and managed by faculties for high school students, with the help of academics or students in the last years of their studies.
b) the establishment of learning centers, for the benefit of the whole university, meant to increase the retention rate in higher education of at-risk students, by developing specific competencies and ensuring academic support services, in line with the students needs.
Around 160 bridge programs will be offered for approximately 8,000 secondary education students. Faculties may apply for more than one grant.
Competitive grants for summer bridge programs will have two rounds – around 50 grants in 2017, and around 110 grants in 2018.
The second intervention to be financed by the competitive grant scheme is the establishment of learning centres in 24 public universities in Romania, with the aim to improve social and academic mechanisms available for at-risk students. Each learning center would be designed based on the main factors contributing to student under-achievement and dropout from university: underdeveloped study skills, limited exposure to new academic subjects, and lack of familiarity with pedagogical norms at the university level.
An eligible public university may compete for only one of these learning center grants, with a maximum size grant of EUR 200,000. For the learning centers, there will be only one round of competition, in 2017.
Component 3 – Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, with an estimated value of EUR 6.4 million
This component is aiming to finance the general management activities, monitoring and evaluation of the impact of the other 2 components on the upper secondary and tertiary education systems. At the same time, it will include an analysis of existing demand-side programs that are currently under implementation, addressing the needs of disadvantaged upper secondary students, such as: Money for high school program, payment for students transportation to school, different subventions and conditional social support schemes, as well as the revision of the students loan scheme in higher education etc.
Request for expressions of interest - Support the Design and Implementation of Pilot Socio-Emotional Skills Interventions
Project ROSE C1.2/11.1. Request for Expressions Of Interest - Support the Design and Implementation of Pilot Socio-Emotional Skills Interventions.