The project far exceeded these original plans! Indeed, the innovations generated through the project were deemed so successful that the MoES made the decision to take them to the national level. Indeed, the MoES requested that 400 of its staff be trained on the approaches developed by the project, including around Boards of Trustees and social accountability tools. Its aim: to take these innovations to an additional 2,876 schools, kindergartens and TVET centers across the Kyrgyz Republic. The project also ended up supporting the MoES in introducing a legal requirement for educational institutions to have Boards of Trustees.
The results of the projects show that the percentage of parents and caregivers reporting improved accountability and responsiveness of teachers increased significantly compared to baseline values but that the percentage of students reporting improved accountability and responsiveness of teachers dropped compared to baseline values. This is explained by the momentous changes in teaching methods caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to online learning for a large part of 2019-2021, which presented many challenges for both teachers and students.
Parents and caregivers in the project schools also reported greater empowerment. Importantly, they had reported lower empowerment but than in the comparison schools at the baseline but, at the endline, their empowerment exceeded those in the comparison schools.
With thanks to the World Bank and the Ministry of Education and Science for their partnership in this programme.