SECONDARY EDUCATION QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
FOR RESULTS (SEQUIP)
DRAFT ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL SYSTEMS ASSESSMENT (ESSA)
Prepared by the World Bank
This is a Program for Results (PforR) lending operation. The implementation of the activities under the Secondary Education Quality Improvement Program (SEQUIP) will rely on the existing national legal framework and institutional systems that the counterpart uses to manage environmental and social risks. The purpose of this Environmental and Social System Assessment (ESSA) is to provide a comprehensive review of relevant environmental and social management systems and procedures in Tanzania, identify the extent to which the national systems are consistent with the Bank Policy and the Bank Directive for PforR, and recommend necessary actions to address eventual gaps as well as opportunities to enhance performance during the Program implementation.
The ESSA concluded that Tanzania, in general, has established a comprehensive set of environmental and social management systems to address the environment, health and safety, as well as social concerns related to the Program. Such systems are principally well-aligned with the core principles and key planning elements as defined in the Bank PforR Policy. However, there are certain inadequacies and gaps from the perspective of actual implementation of such system identified through this ESSA. The assessed weaknesses are related to lack of enforcement and compliance with existing laws, regulations and guidelines governing environmental and social management. In addition, inadequate attention to environmental, health and safety concerns, weak land acquisition management and resettlement practices, lack of environmental and social management data systematic collection and reporting, and weak coordination among agencies are other factors affecting the system. Awareness of the ESSA prepared for the ongoing EPforR among the program implementing agencies is low; thus, some recommended actions are proposed to address these shortcomings and are included in Disbursement Linked Results and the Program Action Plan for the Program.
Environmental and Social Effects of the PforR Program
The Program is to enhance equitable access to and improve teaching and learning environments in government secondary schools with a focus on mathematics and science. The Program scope will include school construction.
Environmental and Social Benefits
The Program will support the lower and upper secondary education components of the ESDP for a five-year period to June 2023. It will only support aspects of the government’s program that are not already covered by the ongoing Education Program for Results program. The proposed program will encompass some but not all of the ESDP activities in secondary education. For example, the program will not support curriculum reform, teacher pre-service education, special needs and cash transfer programs. It continues to provide an important opportunity to enhance environmental and social systems with regard to ensuring safe, clean and sustainable surroundings in schools, which is recognized as a basic prerequisite for ensuring a conducive learning and teaching environment and quality.
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