Education in Cabo Verde

With an average length of schooling of 13 years, Cabo Verde has made considerable progress with coverage of the entire system. Analyses of equity and differentiation based on various population groups (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 finalized in 2017, Plano Estratégico da Educação 2017-2021 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.

Blogs and news

Students readingat the Angthlork Reang Sey School in Cambodia. Credit: GPE/Livia Barton
May 23, 2018
Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Chad, Comoros and Somalia (Somaliland) are set to receive new grants from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) totalling more than US$45 million.
Children in Palmeira, Cabo Verde. Credit: Phil Thirkell/Flickr
May 14, 2018
The Republic of Cabo Verde has become the 67th developing country partner of the Global Partnership for Education, following the endorsement by development partners of its national education sector...
Credit: Governo de Cabo Verde
May 13, 2018
After presenting the country's strategic education plan for 2017-2021 to the Secretariat of the Global Partnership for Education, Cabo Verde became a member of GPE and has expressed its commitment to...

Latest grant

A boy from Isla de Boavista, Cabo Verde

Development objective: Improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of educational policies by strengthening the quality of education and services provided by preschool and basic education institutions and by strengthening monitoring & evaluation of the education sector plan’s implementation.
Grant agent:UNICEF

The grant of US$1.4 million supports the Education Sector Institutional Strengthening program (RISE, from the French acronym), aimed at:

  • strengthening regulatory, management and pedagogical support tools in the pre-primary, basic, and secondary education sectors;
  • systematizing training of all education personnel in pedagogy, results-based management and administrative and pedagogical management;
  • creating an assessment unit responsible for development of assessment methodologies and assessment of learning for two levels;
  • creating the Research, Evaluation and Forward Planning Unit (UEEP), responsible for formulation of a monitoring and evaluation system and design and introduction of an education management information system.

Component 1 involves equipping the system with a range of mechanisms and tools to guide pedagogical performance, functioning and the relationships between educational establishments (pre-primary and basic education sectors) and the various members of the education community by providing a clearer definition of the pedagogical and administrative procedures regulating internal organization.

Activities include the formulation and application of legal measures and pedagogical guidelines in the pre-primary, basic education and secondary sectors, the equipping of pre-primary institutions with play and teaching materials conforming to the new guidelines, and the preparation and application of an administrative and pedagogical management and supervision guide for the pre-primary, basic education and secondary sectors.

Component 2 supports the establishment of a skills-enhancement program for professionals in the pre-primary sector, teachers in the basic education sector, and managers and members of school management bodies in the areas of pedagogy, planning, and human resources, administrative and financial management. This involves training teachers in Portuguese and curriculum implementation and also training management personnel in results-based and administrative and financial management.

Component 3 facilitates the development and promotion of an institutional culture of assessing learning outcomes at all levels of the education system. Activities include establishment of an assessment unit that will develop a new assessment methodology and manage, process, analyze and present learning assessment outcomes for Portuguese and mathematics for two levels (Grades 2 and 4). It is anticipated that the World Bank will support assessment for two other levels (Grades 6 and 8).

Component 4 supports the development and promotion of an institutional culture of monitoring and evaluation of education programs and projects through the establishment within the Ministry of Education of a service for monitoring and evaluation of implementation of the Education Strategic Plan, and which will also be responsible for formulating and implementing the EMIS for basic education. This component also includes evaluation of the RISE program.


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      

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Cabo Verde. Download this PDF to view the country’s progress on 16 results framework indicators monitored by the GPE Secretariat.


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 (%)

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained (%)

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.

Last updated April 04, 2019