Kiribati Education Improvement Program 2018 Independent evaluation report and management response
Summary of publication
The Kiribati Education Improvement Program (KEIP) is the vehicle through which Australia supports the Kiribati Ministry of Education (MoE) to implement its Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP). KEIP seeks to ensure all I-Kiribati children complete at least nine years of schooling and acquire the foundational skills to build happy, healthy, fulfilling and productive lives. It focuses on strengthening sectoral governance, leadership and management; improving all children's access to high-quality education; and driving improvements in student learning (particularly in numeracy and literacy). Implemented by a managing contractor in three phases since 2011, KEIP is valued at approximately $70 million and scheduled to conclude in December 2019.
This independent evaluation – commissioned by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the MoE – assesses whether KEIP is on track to achieving and securing its goals. The key evaluation questions sought to describe achievements and progress, assess whether implementation activities and approaches offered the best chance of the program's ambitions being met and sustained, and consider implications for future interventions in the Kiribati education sector (over and beyond the balance of KEIP Phase III).