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Education in Cabo Verde

In Cabo Verde, pre-primary education is available for children aged 4 and 5 years, and basic education is mandatory from the age of 6 and includes two four-year cycles starting from the 2017/18 academic year. Secondary education follows, with two two-year cycles, and from the third cycle, students have the option of choosing either the general stream (arts, science and technology, economy and social sciences) or the technical stream. Students who complete the technical stream obtain a Level IV diploma. At the end of the technical education cycle, students can complete an additional year of vocational training. Those who complete this extra year will receive a Level V professional qualification.

With an average length of schooling of 13 years, Cabo Verde has made considerable progress with coverage of the entire system. Moreover, analyses of equity and differentiation based on the various population groups that are typically considered (gender, rural/urban, standard-of-living quintile) underscore the existence of moderate disparities up to the end of the second secondary cycle (10 years of studies).

The education sector plan (Plano Estratégico da Educação – 2017-2021) finalized in 2017 targets three key strategic pillars:

  • universal access to pre-primary education for all children aged 4 to 5 years, including those with special needs;
  • better articulation of pre-primary education with basic education so that all students receive two years of pre-primary education;
  • equal access to universal, free education up to Grade 8 through the implementation of social action plans for schools, particularly for priority groups and special education for all.

The local education group comprises representatives of the Ministry of Education, technical and financial partners, and civil society, and its mandate is to monitor implementation of the various stages of implementation of the Education Sector Plan.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent
Program implementation 2018-2021 1,400,000 UNICEF
Sector plan preparation 2014 234,775   UNICEF
Program development 2018 17,400   UNICEF
  TOTAL 1,652,175    


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 completion rate (%)

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP (%)

Public expenditure on education as a share of public expenditure (%)

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained (%)

GPE in Cabo Verde

GPE provided a small grant to Cabo Verde in 2014 for the development of the 2017-2021 education sector strategy, and another grant in early 2018 to help the country develop a program supporting the implementation of the sector plan.

Last updated May 14, 2018