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Building Human Capital: Strengthening Primary Education through Performance-Based Financing in Shabe Sombo Woreda, Jimma Zone, Oromia

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On January 24th, the world celebrates the International Day of Education, a day that highlights the importance of education for individuals and societies. Education is a fundamental human right and a key driver of sustainable development. It is a powerful tool that can help reduce poverty, promote gender equality, and foster peace and social cohesion. Cordaid, an international development organization, recognizes the importance of education and has implemented a Performance-Based Financing (PBF) project in Shabe Sombo Woreda, Jimma Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia, to improve the quality and accessibility of primary education.

The PBF project aims to improve the availability and accessibility of good quality, inclusive primary education and strengthen the governance of the education system in the district. The project has targeted outcomes that include increased utilization of good quality primary education services, increased equity in access to education, and increased capacity at the level of the Zonal Education Department (ZED) and Woreda Education Office (WEO) to perform their regulatory tasks and provide regular supportive supervision/inspection. The project also aims to institutionalize PBF in the Ethiopian education system and strengthen the use of data for decision making at all levels.

Figure: Students in a classroom learning | Jimma Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia ©Cordaid

The project has executed several main activities, including Project Implementation Manual (PIM) preparation and validation, baseline assessment, three rounds of School Improvement Preparation (SIP), mock verification, checklist translation to local language, payment of readiness funds, regular verification for three quarters, payment for two quarters, and supportive supervision (coaching, mentorship, and monitoring). The data analysis shows progress in enrolment, retention, addressing barriers to female students, students’ attendance, teacher’s attendance, extracurricular activities, improved technical quality score, and perceived quality score by students and parents. The regulators’ performance has also improved, and subsidies have been disbursed to the schools as well as to regulators both woreda and zonal level.

Cordaid’s PBF project in Shabe Sombo WEO, Jimma Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia, is a great example of how education can be improved through innovative financing mechanisms. On the International Day of Education, let us recognize the importance of education and support initiatives that aim to improve its quality and accessibility.