The Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) under the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education is implementing the Third Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP 3) from July 2011 over a period of 5 years. PEDP3 aims to provide 42,251 additional classrooms using a programme investment of 48.85 Billion Takkas. An additional investment of 11.48 Billion Takkas is being made into WASH facilities and furniture across thousands of sites. The programme is being funded jointly by the Government of Bangladesh’s own resources and 9 development partners (including DFID). The Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and the Directorate of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) are executing the construction works of the infrastructure development sub-component under the guidance of the DPE.
The principle objective of this study is to recommend ways for efficiency gains in school infrastructure construction in Bangladesh. From this it is understood the requirement for future physical infrastructure to be child-friendly, resource-efficient and green to build, operate and manage over the entire life-cycle; resilient to natural disasters providing a better fit for the specific requirements of the users and enhancing learning and teaching practice.
This report considers the PEDP3 Programme targets, presents a simple Costs, Usable Area and Site planning (CASp) framework for capturing the efficiency of the infrastructure in progress, and provides baseline observations from empirical evidence. Proposed measures and their potential impact on enhancing the CASp efficiency of the PEDP3 classroom infrastructure are presented and their cost implications are discussed. Following on from this study a number of steps to be undertaken by the implementing partners are recommended.
This report has been produced for Evidence on Demand with the assistance of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) contracted through the Climate, Environment, Infrastructure and Livelihoods Professional Evidence and Applied Knowledge Services (CEIL PEAKS) programme, jointly managed by HTSPE Limited and IMC Worldwide Limited.
Anon. Final report: Efficiency analysis of classroom infrastructure for primary education in Bangladesh. Evidence on Demand, UK (2014) iii + 29 pp. [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.july2014.ripinetal]