Zambia education project moves from inception to implementation

First Key Stakeholder workshop

First Key Stakeholder workshopThe DFID-funded Zambia Education Sector Support Technical Assistance (ZESSTA) Programme has now moved from inception to project implementation phase from 1st June 2015. The British Council is responsible for delivering this programme in partnership with Ecorys, the Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia (FAWEZA) and the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) University of Wolverhampton. This programme will support Zambia’s Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education (MESVTEE) to improve the country’s education sector.

Mrs. Cecilia Sakala Director of Standards and Curriculum presentation made at first key stakeholder workshopThe Technical Assistance component of the Education Sector Budget Support (SBS) Programme in Zambia (ZESSTA) is a 3 year, £4.6m contract which is part of a broader Sector Budget Support programme aiming to support the Government of Zambia to improve the effectiveness of its spend in Education. The Technical Assistance component is intended to accompany SBS service delivery grants to strengthen financial, HR, data and results management systems.


Staff from CIDT who are working closely on the ZESSTA programme are:

  • Mrs. Mary Surridge who was engaged at the inception phase
  • Ms Lilla Oliver as the Core Adviser for Curriculum
  • Ms Patt Flett as the Core Adviser for research, surveys and impact evaluation.

Curriculum development

Technical Assistance Assignment Team membersAs Core Adviser for Curriculum Lilla has recently undertaken two assignments during the inception phase of the ZESSTA programme which have supported MESVTEE in addressing the challenges they face in curriculum roll-out by producing three costed optional scenarios (high, medium and low) for the implementation of the revised national curriculum which are designed to:

  • optimise learning outcomes and build on progress achieved thus far
  • support the identification of appropriate resources through the national budgeting process
  • provide evidence to inform the 2015 DFID Joint Annual Review (JAR)

The assignments were undertaken by Lilla with a team of national and international specialists who worked in collaboration with MESVTEE to enable the costed options to be presented at the Joint Annual DFID Review Meeting at the end of May 2015. The MESVTEE will now select the costed options which will address the challenges they face with curriculum implementation. Lilla will return to Zambia in July to support MESVTEE in developing their costed curriculum implementation action planning framework and Patt will make her fist visit in July as Core Adviser of research, surveys and impact evaluation.

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