What is a sub-project?
An important role of the PRIDE Project is the funding of in-country sub-projects. In fact, more than half of the total allocation of funds from the EU and NZ is available for this purpose. Currently this amounts to about FJ$12 million. The aim of sub-projects is to assist countries implement key priority areas of their strategic plans. Ideally these will be areas where significant reforms are taking place.
What is a sub-project? Think of them as pilot projects, or action-research projects, or implementation projects. They should help to test new ideas and innovations; or, they should focus on how to implement specific reforms. For example, if a country plans to bring TVET or livelihood programs into the secondary school, it may be helpful to begin implementing this reform in just one or two schools. Likewise if a country wants to develop a more community based approach to the early primary curriculum, it may wish to test these ideas and approaches in just two or three settings. This is what is meant by pilot projects. Pilot projects such as these are ideal for PRIDE sub-project funding. They should help the country find the best ways to implement reforms in teh education system. And, having done this, they then become examples of best practice, with staff from other schools coming to observe and learn. They also can become exemplars to the rest of the region, and PRIDE can document their achievements on video and share them with colleagues in other countries. Sub-projects also could give countries an opportunity to develop new curricula, new teaching resources, and new approaches to staff professional development.
How to apply for in-country sub-project funding
Stakeholders input into in-country sub-projects are a key feature of the PRIDE Project. The Project will support countries in ensuring that there are broad consultations with stakeholders during the development of sub-projects. If you are interested in developing a project in your country please contact the PRIDE Project National Project Coordinator (NPC) in your country, or click on a country name or flag below for more information.
Countries should refer to the sub project application guide and use the sub project proposal template.
During our NPC Workshop, September 2005, the PRIDE team developed 5 model sub-projects proposal using sub project proposal template: Vernacular Literacy; Early Childhood Education; Special Needs; ICT; and TVET.
Implementation of Sub-projects
The implementation of sub-projects are coordinated through the Ministries of Education in our 15 member countries. The project has developed a monitoring and evaluation handbook to assist NPCs and PRIDE Project staff to perform their monitoring and evaluation responsibilities, to help record project achievements and to provide information for managing project activities more effectively. There are currently 141 being implemented in countries. Please visit the country pages below for further information.
PRIDE serves countries in differrent Time Zones and varying financial and adminsitrative procedures. To effectively serve all of our countries, we have developed supporting structures (documents, templates, formats, Financial Software, Financial and Administrative Procedures Manual) to support the implementation and reporting on in-country projects. These documents are available by e-mail request from the PRIDE office.
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