Poor access to learning materials across the Republic of Marshall Islands education system makes it difficult for students to learn.
One of the most important elements of a country’s education system are teaching and learning materials (TLM). Poor access to learning materials across the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) education system makes it difficult for students to learn. The World Bank commissioned BlueTree to conduct a study to analyse the availability of textbooks and other learning materials in RMI and to examine other elements of the book supply chain.
The study conducted by BlueTree was missioned to identify the main bottlenecks in the RMI book supply chain and recommend strategies to ensure timely access to quality and affordable materials. Following desk research, the research team interviewed and gathered information from a variety of stakeholders within the Book Supply Chain, including donors, Public Sector Stakeholders and NGOs.
BlueTree authored a report highlighting the main bottlenecks and recommendations in the book supply chain. One of the main bottlenecks found was the lack of availability of accurate and up to date data on textbooks and other reading materials, which is a significant hurdle to forecasting and planning. An effective data collection system is key in determining supply and demand and ensuring that schools and students receive the correct materials on time.
Another challenge is related to the geography of the islands, being many small and often distant islands, making the distribution and logistics complicated and expensive.
BlueTree contributed to the delivery of millions of books to the hands of children across the globe.