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Tonga Safe and Resilient Schools Project (TSRSP)

The Government of Tonga (GOT) has requested funding for the Tonga Safe and Resilient Schools Project (TSRSP) under the WORLD Bank (WB) International Development Association 19 (IDA19) grant. The implementing agency (IA) will be the Ministry of Education and Training (MET) and funding will cover implementation of technical components, and project management. 

The Objective of the Project is “To enhance the safety and resilience of selected educational facilities, and improve the quality of data-driven education management, curricula and assessments in the selected educational programs.” The project will include the following four components; 1. Improving the Safety and Resilience of Education Facilities
1.1. Resilient Infrastructure Investments
1.2. Strengthening Education Infrastructure Planning and Maintenance
2. Establishment of Education Management Information System (EMIS) and improved quality of teaching
2.1. Establish a comprehensive EMIS to inform policy decision making
2.2. Upgrading curricula and assessments
3. Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC) - unallocated project funds may be requested for re-allocation to support response and reconstruction in case of a major crisis or emergency. 4. Project Management For further information or feedback please contact the MET CEO metceotonga@outlook.com

World Bank Environmental and Social Framework (ESF)

All IDA19 Projects are undertaken under the World Bank’s ESF. The MET shall implement the Project following the ESF Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs). The Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP) sets out measures and actions, documents or plans, as well as the timing for each of these. The ESCP is available here.

The environmental assessment of the TSRSP has been undertaken in compliance with the World Banks ESF. This ensures that potential adverse E&S impacts and risks are identified and avoided where possible and that identified impacts and risks are managed or mitigated. The Project has been rated by the World Bank as having Moderate environmental and social risks. Impacts and risks are expected to be easily mitigated in a predictable manner and the project is expected to be largely positive. An Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for the CERC has been developed and is available here.

The Environmental and Social Standards (ESSs) within the ESF that are considered relevant to the Project are:



ESS1 Assessment and Management of Environmental and Social Risks and Impacts

Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMPs) for school infrastructure – Component 1.1. ESMP available here

A Contractors Environmental and Social Management Plan (CESMP) will be required to implement each contract. A template for the CESMP can be found here

ESS2 Labour and Working Conditions

Labour Management Procedures (LMP - available here)

ESS3 Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention and Management

Covered in this ESMPand the CESMP

ESS4 Community Health and Safety

Covered in the ESMPs, the CESMPs and the Covid 19 Safety Protocol (available here)

ESS5 Land Acquisition, Restrictions on Land Use and Involuntary Resettlement

Covered in this ESMPs, the TCRTP II and the Stakeholder Engagaement Pln (SEP available here) and the CESMP

ESS6 Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources

Covered in the ESMPs, the CESMPs

ESS8 Cultural Heritage (chance finds)

Chance find procedures are detailed as an Appendix in the ESMPs and the CESMPs

ESS10 Stakeholder Engagement and Information Disclosure

Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP available here)