Burkina Faso was one of the first countries to join GPE in 2002. Since then, it has received more than US$214 million in grants from GPE. The current grant, channeled through a pooled fund to better align donor funding, will help support the implementation of the country’s 2017-2030 education sector plan.
Reforming the curriculum for improved learning
With a high population growth rate, demand for education is pushing the capacity of schools to the breaking point. Despite the increase in primary school enrollment rates, completion rates remain low, though improving. And despite a marked drop in poverty, from more than 80% in 2000 to 44% in 2016, the country has one of the lowest rankings on the UNDP’s human development index, placing 183 out of 189 countries in 2018.
The curriculum reform launched by the Ministry of Education and Literacy is central to the government’s plan to improve the quality of education and ensure more children complete basic education. With 70% of the population under 20 years of age, developing human capital by ensuring that all children are in school and learning will be vital for the country’s economic development.