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Final Evaluation of Leveraging ICT Project_Output #00115456
Commissioning Unit: Timor-Leste
Evaluation Plan: 2021-2025
Evaluation Type: Project
Completion Date: 11/2021
Unit Responsible for providing Management Response: Timor-Leste
Documents Related to overall Management Response:  
1. Recommendation:

Design and implement the future similar projects in a similar way by aligning the project to wider strategic plans of all partner institutions. In addition, it is recommended to participate the target beneficiaries in the design to appraise the needs and gaps at an early stage of the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. UNDP has already established a partnership with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) to scale up the project nationwide. A new Project proposal has been designed and approved by the MoEYS to strengthen the quality of ICT education in secondary and vocational schools and improve young men and women access to sustainable economic opportunities. During this short-term project, pilot ICT labs will be established in secondary and vocational schools and a longer term project will be designed to scale up this initiative nationwide.

The ICT Skills and Knowledge for Youth in Timor-Leste (iSKY-TL) project’s objectives are aligned with the Sustainable Development Goal 8 – Decent work and economic growth and Goal 4 – Quality Education, the Timor-Leste National Strategy on Sustainable Development 2015-2030, the National Education Strategic Plan 2011-2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will align the future Project with the National Strategy on Sustainable Development 2015-2030, and National Education Strategic Plan 2011-2030.
[Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/03/30]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2021/12 Completed Consultations with MoYES completed History
2. Recommendation:

Continue implementing future projects coherent with the Government, UNOSSC and other UN Agencies’ strategic frameworks for coherency and knowledge transfer and peer support between the countries.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. In line with Recommendation 1 – ICT Skills and Knowledge for Youth in Timor-Leste (iSKY-TL) is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 8 – Decent work and economic growth and Goal 4 – Quality Education, and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework. This will allow to cooperate and join efforts across agencies and government departments.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP Timor Leste will ensure that Project outputs contribute to achieve government’s goals in education and are aligned with UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework.
[Added: 2022/05/10]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2021/12 Completed The Action has been completed.
3. Recommendation:

Ensure the sustainability of the project’s results in terms of Ministry’s policy support and integration of results in education systems, such as the curriculum development in this project, which ensures long term use and continuity of the project’s results in education, in addition to the capacities and skills developed.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. The VIII Constitutional Government of Timor Leste, under the MOEYS, set the priorities to improve the quality of education through infrastructure facilities and curriculum development by reviewing the National Curriculum of Technical-Vocational and General Secondary Education. The Leveraging ICT to improve Education and skill in Timor Leste Project has contributed to review the National Curriculum on ICT during the Project implementation. The results will be taken onboard in the new Project nationwide.

UNDP in partnership with the MoEYS has approved the ICT Skills and Knowledge for Youth in Timor-Leste (iSKY-TL) to scale up the Leveraging ICT to improve Education and skill in Timor Leste Project nationwide. The Project will support the MOEYS to achieve the educational goals stated in the National Strategic Plan for Education (NSPE) 2011-2030.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP Timor Leste will ensure sustainability of future Projects by aligning Project goals with Ministry of Education’s goals as well as contribute at policy level if requested to ensure durable results.
[Added: 2022/05/10]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2021/12 Completed Consultation with MoYES completed History
4. Recommendation:

Continue the design and implementation of similar project in close cooperation with the Government at different levels to ensure smooth implementation of activities at school level. It is recommended to have certain level of flexibility in implementation to be able to address the local needs.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. In line with recommendation 1  UNDP Timor Leste scaled up similar projects based on lessons learned and recommendations from the Project implementation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The new iSKY-TL project is conducting a Baseline/feasibility assessment, including mapping of ICT infrastructure and human capacities for general secondary and vocation schools in order to address design activities that will address the local needs
[Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/06 Completed Proposal approved and project has been ongoing History
5. Recommendation:

Learn from the project and prepare back-up systems and alternative plans for project implementation, which consider the deviations caused by local contexts or crisis situations.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. Besides the scaling up efforts of MoYES the Special Administrative region of Oecusse has committed to continue the Project activities as defined in the Project. The Regional administration of RAEOA- has allocated the necessary resources to ensure the continuation of the learning activities and maintenance of the ICT infrastructure.

Based on the latest global developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters , the regional government has acted on the lessons learned and put in place a back-up system to response to crises situation and avoid disruption on the activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The new project proposal to include back-up system and alternative plan which will help address disruptions caused by crisis -such as COVID 19- Natural hazards, etc.
[Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2021/12 Completed Proposal approved and project has been ongoing History
6. Recommendation:

Plan early on the procurement for the trainings to start as planned in similar education projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. Procurement plan to be designed given the country’s context and challenges in the supply chain to anticipate potential delays in the procurement of goods, especially those goods related to technology that relay in international supplier.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The new ICT project proposal to include early plan on the procurement to avoid delays on the training activities.
[Added: 2022/05/10] [Last Updated: 2022/07/04]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/06 Completed Proposal approved and project has been ongoing History
7. Recommendation:

When planning education projects to note the academic school year and calendar with school holidays.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. Project activities must be planned in line with the academic schools and calendar to avoid disruptions or overlaps of the Project actives and schools activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The new Project proposal will plan the training activities in line with the academic school and calendar with school holidays.
[Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/07/04]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/06 Completed Project has been ongoing by aligning the planned activities with the academic schools and calendar History
8. Recommendation:

Plan alternative training methods and modules which can be flexibly implemented, e.g. remotely and independently by learners.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. The new Project proposal will develop national education management portal (web/mobile) for secondary and vocational education and other interactive educative games and learning materials to enhance financial education, environmental awareness, and ICT skills development

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The iSKY Project will plan alternative training methods and modules based on the feasibility study conducted.
[Added: 2022/05/10] [Last Updated: 2022/07/04]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/12 Initiated Feasibility study is expected to be completed by July 31 and training modules will be finished on Q4. History
9. Recommendation:

Continue supporting the impact of the project’s results in education across Timor Leste. The project will serve as an example and resource to draw lessons learnt for the Government to continue the activities in the region and scale up the project to other regions.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. This is in line with Recommendation 1- No need for Key actions.

Key Actions:

10. Recommendation:

Government will ensure the National curricula and adoption of ICT trainings in education as a subject at all levels of education.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

The VIII Constitutional Government of Timor Leste, under the MOEYS, set the priorities to improve the quality of education through infrastructure facilities and curriculum development by reviewing the National Curriculum of Technical-Vocational and General Secondary Education. The UNDP and MoYES partnership will contribute to advocate for ICT education.

 

Agreed. UNDP will recomend the government, but it is up to the government to decide

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The iSKY Project will conduct ToT to teachers and students to ensure the adoption of ICT trainings in education as a subject at least first at secondary general and vocational technical level
[Added: 2022/05/10]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/12 Initiated ToT module will be developed during the ongoing project
11. Recommendation:

Use the manuals developed at different levels of education.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. The Leveraging ICT to improve Education and skill in Timor Leste Project has developed the manuals for primary and education and vocational education. If other levels of education will be targeted in the future, the manual should be adjusted as per National curriculum but ultimately it is the government who has to decide

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will suggest the Government to make use the manuals for different levels of education, If trainings are conducted at other levels of education.
[Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/12 Initiated Waiting for feasibility study result under the ongoing project History
12. Recommendation:

Continue the teacher trainings on ICT in education in the regions. The next phase should make the teacher training a priority, including the training of head teachers on ICT, noting especially teacher trainings for remote areas.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agredd. The Project has advised the Regional Government already.  No further Key actions.

Key Actions:

13. Recommendation:

Review the curricula of pre-service and in-service teacher trainings based on the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. The ICT project activities has been continued by the regional government after project ended. ICT has included at the teachers's extra-curicu;a activities.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will suggest government to review the curricula of pre-service and in-service teacher trainings
[Added: 2022/05/10] [Last Updated: 2022/09/09]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/08 Completed The feasibility study completed and report has been shared and present to the relevant government. History
14. Recommendation:

Sustain the project’s achievements and continue expanding to other regions in education in Timor Leste. The developed results, e.g. capacities built of the government staff, skills acquired by teachers and students, training materials developed, methodologies developed, e.g. boot camp all can serve as examples to exploit and further develop in similar future projects.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. In line with recommendation 1 - The project has been continued by the regional government who is currently utilizing the handed over learning methodologies and materials to carry out ICT activities regionwide.

UNDP will contribute to sustain project’s achievements and continue expanding the project to other regions by scaling up the project nationwide. The Project will consider utilizing training materials and learning methodologies and customize to other context in the nation.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
UNDP will continue supporting national and regional government to implement
[Added: 2022/05/10] [Last Updated: 2022/07/04]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/12 Completed Project being implemented to scale it up nationwide History
15. Recommendation:

Ensure the sustainability of ICT in education with the Government budget reservations, including maintenance.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. UNDP Timor Leste will design Project activities taking into account maintenance challenges associated to budget and technical skills.  

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Feasibility study to provide recommendations to government regarding budget and maintenance
[Added: 2022/05/10] [Last Updated: 2022/09/09]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/08 Completed The feasibility study completed and report has been shared and present to the relevant government. History
16. Recommendation:

Sustain the teacher trainings as requested by the project participants of teachers, also more widely in-service and pre-service teacher training curricula and provision.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

In line with recommendation 1 – No further key actions are needed.

Key Actions:

17. Recommendation:

Sustain the project activities through ToT trainings as planned in the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. Project has been taken up by the regional government adopting the learning materials and methods as well as hiring the local trainers trained by the Project. This ensure that ToT will be regularly conducted.

In line with recommendation 1- In addition to the above mentioned, the new Project proposal plans to conduct basic computer application training program for teachers and young students (50% girls) using ICT education manuals developed by UNDP. Develop additional training program for teachers, school personnel, and students (50% female) on the use and maintenance of the online education portal training program as well as the interactive educational games.

Key Actions:

18. Recommendation:

Sustain the students’ peer-to-peer support as planned in the project.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. The regional Secretary of Education has designed a number of activities student centred to promote the learning exchange among peers.

Key Actions:

19. Recommendation:

Continue and maintain different multi-media teaching and learning provision through the radio, TV and podcasts specially to remote regions.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. In line with recommendation 4 and 5. The New proposal for a full project will assess the feasibility of continuing the multi-media teaching and learning provision through the radio, TV and podcasts specially to remote regions.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Feasibility study to assess the digital and internet coverage in rural areas
[Added: 2022/05/10] [Last Updated: 2022/09/09]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/08 Completed The feasibility study completed and report has been shared and present to the relevant government. History
20. Recommendation:

Government and regional education to take into account the electricity power interruption and low-quality internet connection as was reported from the schools in the Oé-Cusse region regarding the continued ICT trainings in the region and in designing future similar projects and trainings.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. UNDP has suggested the regional government to take care of this issue.

Key Actions:

21. Recommendation:

Continue future projects with similar human rights and gender equality approach. It is recommended to include gender as a Key Performance Indicator to monitor the projects and report accordingly with disaggregated data. The policy should ensure the equal representation of females/girls and males/boys in all targeted groups.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. Human rights and gender equality approach will be adopted in all UNDP projects.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The iSKY project incorporate human rights and gender equality approach
[Added: 2022/05/10] [Last Updated: 2022/07/04]
Economic Development and Prosperity Unit 2022/12 Completed Project implementation is ongoing History
22. Recommendation:

Apply special incentives (non-material) to engage equal numbers of boys and girls; males and females in project activities and trainings.

Management Response: [Added: 2022/03/16] [Last Updated: 2022/05/10]

Agreed. The project has engaged 53% girls in the project activities. and will continue ensuring women and girls participation troughout the learning cycle in future education project.

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
The Project will discuss with the regional secretary of education a strategy with special incentives (non-material) to engage a greater number of girls in the learning activities
[Added: 2022/05/10] [Last Updated: 2022/07/05]
Development and Economic Unit 2022/06 Completed The action is part of iSKY project which is now under implementation. History

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