Making Community Voices Heard in Education under the Socialization Process in Vietnam

General information

Implementing agencies

AFAP

Time

Từ 05-2016 đến 05-2016

Field work

General education

Approaches

Service monitoring and user feedback Public expenditure tracking Community – service provider interface

Social accountability tool

Citizens' Report Card

Details

The purpose and objectives


Improve the quality of education services through a series of social accountability approaches to assess the implementation of school-finance policies
 

Project Summary

In order to improve the quality of education services, AFAP Vietnam trained local partners to track funding allocated to assist poor students, surveyed parents and students about their perceptions of education services, and facilitated collaboration between communities and officials to address problems. The project focused specifically on a school-finance system requiring greater financial contributions from communities and the private sector (the “socialization” of education ), and an accompanying cash transfer program to help poor families cope with education-associated costs, such as for materials, school uniforms, and transportation. AFAP’s effort had three phases:

  • Public Expenditure Tracking Surveys (PETS) involving surveys of schools officials and cash transfer recipients in order to identify any leakages, delays, or other irregularities in the delivery, receipt, and use of funds.
  • A Citizen Report Card (CRC) to assess the experiences and perceptions of parents and students with regard to the availability, quality and accessibility of education services under the socialization system.
  • Social Audits, which brought together local authorities and community members to achieve consensus on problems with school infrastructure, and to identify solutions.

While communities have largely welcomed the socialization system, AFAP Vietnam and their local partners found a number of implementation issues that affect both the quality and accessibility of public education. Specifically, complicated and inconsistent procedures in the cash transfer policy’s implementation led to delays in the delivery of funds for learning support, discrepancies between allocated and received amounts, and unauthorized, mandatory contributions to schools from recipients. Parents were required to contribute to school infrastructure but were not informed of how the funding was used. During the construction process, beneficiaries had limited access to information and also very little opportunity for participation to address their needs and requirements for the infrastructure project. To address these issues, project staff shared findings and recommendations with local stakeholders, and advocated for increased efficiency in the implementation of the socialization program in education. 

Scale

PETS: 10 communes and 2 townships

CRC: 9 communes and 1 township

Social Audit: 2 communes 

All studies were conducted across the same two districts in the project’s two target provinces

Target population


Poor secondary school students
 

Result

  • The cash-transfer program to help poor families cope with education costs was revised to adhere to its original design, allowing for direct cash transfers between local governernment and eligible students' families instead of going through schools 
  • Three CSOs effectively tracked service provision and policy implementation with support from AFAP (HCCD, CDI – Centre for Development and Integration, CRP – Centre for Rural Progress)
  • One CSO successfully engaged with government/decision-makers to improve access to services for the poor (HCCD)
  • 1,500 local people provided feedback on service delivery across project areas
  • Plans were made for three social accountability tools (PETS, CRC, SA)  to be replicated in similar regions
  • Local government in project districts indicated a willingness to replicate tools after the project’s end
  • Increased understanding from communities about various government programs, and their rights to be heard and provide feedback to service providers
  • Project findings were used as reference material for members of National Assembly and a working mechanism to provide information was established between AFAP Vietnam and Information Centre of the National Assembly
  • The first social accountability working group for international and Vietnamese organizations was established for improved knowledge-sharing and coordination with each other and government 
Area of operation
Project Status
Unfinished
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