Fostering Resilient Learning Project
June 09, 2022
June 30, 2022
First Disbursement Date
June 30, 2025
The Fostering Resilient Learning Project became effective on June 30, 2022 and is designed to strengthen Sint Maarten’s capacity to offer inclusive learning to all children, including those with special needs. The project plans to rebuild Sister Marie Laurence School, Charles Leopold Bell School, and the Philipsburg Jubilee Library. To support efficient management of the education system, a Management Information System for decision making will be made available for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports.
The development objectives of the Fostering Resilient Learning Project for Sint Maarten are to: (i) restore access to an adequate and inclusive learning environment and to re-establish library services, and (ii) improve the availability of quality data for decision making.
Rebuilding inclusive schools
Rebuild inclusive schools Sister Marie Lawrence and Charles Leopold Bell according to the highest international standards to withstand hurricanes, earthquakes, and other climate-induced and natural disasters.
Restoring library services
Restoring the building and services of the Philipsburg Jubilee Library, including furniture and ICT.
Strengthening ministry's Management Information System:
Strengthening data collection and management through a centralized Management Information System. Data from of the education, culture, youth, and sport sectors will be systematically assembled to support decision making.
Students with restored access to adequate learning facility
Children with emotional and/or behavioral disorders and
Philipsburg Jubilee Library reconstruction finalized
Management Information System established
Sint Maarten’s overall unemployment rate and youth unemployment rate have significantly increased due to the shutting down of tourism businesses. Additionally, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently noted that there is a mismatch between the country’s labor supply skills and the skills needed by employers. This economic context, combined with higher levels of violence affecting adolescents in the aftermath of the hurricane, makes the enabling environment for youth challenging.
Hurricane Irma significantly affected the education sector’s infrastructure and negatively impact the quality of learning environments, particularly for children with emotional disorders and physical disabilities. The education system struggled with rebuilding schools after the Hurricane. Public spending is almost exclusively allocated to teacher salaries and recurrent costs. New school construction and capital expenditures are limited. In addition, irreparable damage to Sint Maarten’s Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) has constrained cultural activities, learning, and community-building initiatives.
A cohesive information system is critical for improving the management of the education sector. Centralized information like overall learning outcome data is needed for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports to improve learning outcomes for students from vulnerable families and overcome education inequities.