Mali | Global Partnership for Education



Mali and Guinea are working on developing pedagogical approaches adapted to small rural schools. These activities are part of the overall education sector plans and are specifically supported by the...
Global Partnership for Education approves US$442,604 grant for Mali to develop the education sector plan for 2018-2027.
Thanks to GPE and other partners funding, there are 81,500 additional students enrolled in school between 2013 and 2015 in Mali.

Education in Mali

Mali’s transitional education sector plan was developed following a period of unconstitutional rule and civil war. It aims to continue some of the work of the previous ten-year sector plan and also restore the school system in areas affected by conflict.

The government of Mali is committed to continuing the implementation of its education development policies to enhance the quality and efficiency of the education system.

The education sector has faced considerable challenges recently due to political instability. Between 2011 and 2013, progress made in the previous decade eroded: The primary gross enrollment ratio decreased from 92% to 83.5%, while the completion rate decreased from 62% to 59%.

The interim education sector plan, the Programme intérimaire de relance du secteur de l’éducation et de la formation professionnelle (PIRSEF) covers 2015-2016 and is focused on improving quality, access, and governance in the education sector.

The PIRSEF has three main components:

  1. Improve the quality of teaching and learning through improving the professional qualifications for learners, adapt training offerings, and promoting scientific research.
  2. Improve access to education through increasing constructing and rehabilitating capacities, teacher recruitment, social mobilization and stakeholder involvement, and promoting inclusive education.
  3. Strengthen the governance of education and vocational training through involving communities in school management, supporting the monitoring and evaluation system, and supporting the preparation of a Ten Year Education Sector Plan.

The government of Mali has also pledged to focus on reducing gender disparities, establishing disaster mitigation measures, and improving reading and writing in the early grades.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent
Program implementation 2013-2017 41,700,000 32,225,291 IBRD
2007-2010 6,553,547 6,553,547 IBRD
Sector plan development 2016 442,604 210,783 UNICEF
Program development 2012 200,000 182,246 IBRD
  TOTAL 48,896,151 39,171,867  


Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.


Primary Gross Enrollment Rate (%)

Primary Completion Rate (%)

Lower Secondary Completion Rate (%)

Out-of-school Children Rate (%)

Domestic Financing

Public Expenditure on Education as Share of GDP (%)

Public Expenditure on Education as a Share of Public Expenditure (%)

Public Expenditure on Primary as a Share of Total Education Expenditure (%)


Student/Teacher Ratio

Teachers Trained (%)

GPE in Mali

School children in a classroom in Gao, Mali. Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The latest GPE grant of US$41.7 million is primarily focused on increasing access and improving the learning environment for affected students in target areas.

The grant supports three components:

  1. Increase access to quality basic education services through school construction, rehabilitation, and providing equipment, and supporting school health, feeding programs, and teaching materials.
  2. Strengthen the technical and pedagogical capacity of the education system through teacher training and pedagogical support to affected students.
  3. Strengthen the administrative and monitoring capacity of the education system through setting up school management committees, supporting the ministry’s monitoring and evaluation system in targeted areas, and project management and technical assistance for monitoring and evaluation activities.

The ministry of Education implements the program in partnership with the World Bank as grant agent and UNICEF as coordinating agency.


The current GPE program has contributed to progress in the education sector through the following results:

  • 40,050 additional students enrolled in school in targeted areas.
  • School kits distributed to 30,806 students and incentives given to 10,525 girls.
  • 133,516 students benefitted from school meals and 39,806 benefitted from remedial classes.
  • An additional 801 primary and secondary classrooms constructed or rehabilitated.
  • 1,332 school management committees established.
  • 2,708 additional qualified teachers.

Source: World Bank Implementation Status Report. May 2016

Last updated February 24, 2017