Namibia - Education and Training Quality Improvement Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 04 Dec 2017
Signature Date 28 Mar 2018
Planned Completion Date 30 Dec 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11231
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 43,905,673.05
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Namibia Education and Training Quality Improvement Project supports the promotion of human capital and skills development that will enhance employability especially for young women and the youths and increase country’s competitiveness in the global economy. It seeks to contribute to Namibia’s national goals of reducing poverty and youth unemployment as stated in the Harambee Prosperity Plan. Through the proposed project, the Bank will address a pressing need to help build human capital in Namibia to promote economic and social development. This intervention supports the development of: (i) basic education and TVET infrastructure in 11 regions of the country; and (ii) the strengthening of the TVET and basic education systems in the country through institutional capacity building. The Project will be implemented over 60 months beginning January 2018 through an ADB loan of NAD/ZAR 1 billion, and counterpart contribution estimated at NAD/ZAR 300 million from the Government of Namibia (GRN). Its implementation will contribute to the reduction of drop-out rates and repetition rates as well as improve completion rates and learners’ performance through an improved learning and teaching environment.

Project Objectives

The objective of the Project is to contribute to the development of an efficient, effective and sustainable Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in Namibia that is aligned with the current and future skills needs of the labour market in the country. The Project will specifically contribute to increasing access, attaining equity and improving the quality of TVET and basic education in Namibia.


The project will directly benefit 42,000 youths through affordable high quality TVET provision. The VTCs will contribute towards the target enrolment of an additional 8 000 full-time trainees while more trainees can be enrolled via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Apprenticeship training. Both public and private sector will benefit from a qualified and relevant skilled workforce which in return will reduce reliance to importation of skills. It is estimated that a population of about 460,000 people (51% female) in the target regions will benefit indirectly from affordable provision of TVET and thus increasing availability and employability in the labour market. The project will equally improve the quality of Basic Education for about 5,000 learners in 2 primary and 10 secondary schools in the following regions of the country: Kavango East, Kavango West, Omaheke, Oshana, Zambezi, Kunene, Hardap, Khomas, Oshikoto and Ohangwena.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government of Namibia
Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture


IATI identifier 46002-P-NA-I00-001
Last Update 26 Jan 2023


Contact Details

Name NG'AMBI John

Geographic Location

Country Namibia
Coordinates Location Name
-18.5 17.08333 Oshikoto
-18.5 15.75 Oshana
-19.4167 13.75 Kunene
-22 17 Namibia
-17.58333 16.75 Ohangwena