Education in Chad

Chad's education sector has completed a transition period between the Interim Strategy for Education and Literacy (SIPEA), which was initially planned to run from 2013 to 2015 and was officially extended until the end of 2016, and Chad’s Interim Education Plan (PIET), which was validated in September 2017 to cover the period from 2018 to 2020.

There were proposals in 2016 to develop a ten-year plan covering the period from 2017 to 2026, but this objective was not fulfilled because the financial crisis was so severe that it was impossible to develop a viable funding model that was consistent with education data.

Instead, a new approach and a new transitional plan were adopted that place greater emphasis on the resilience of the education sector and other issues.

The local education group in Chad is chaired by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education and the lead donor is Swiss Cooperation. The Group’s members include representatives of trade unions, civil society, donors, such as Agence Française du Développement (AFD), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the World Bank, and United Nations bodies, including the World Food Program (WFP), UNICEF, UNESCO and UNHCR.

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Latest grant

A boy writes on a slate in an outside classroom. Chad

CREDIT: Educate a Child
Development objective: Strengthen primary education supply and demand, improve the quality of primary education, improve non-formal education and adult literacy programs, and strengthen sector management
Grant agent:UNICEF and UNESCO

The Project to Strengthen Education in Chad (PREAT), supported by a GPE grant of US$ 27.8 million, supports Chad’s Interim Education Plan that contributes to the government's efforts to preserve and broaden access to primary education, improve completion rates and increase literacy rates.

The program aims to strengthen basic education in Chad in the context of fragility that requires preservation of the education supply and support for strengthening the quality of education and management of the system. As was the case for the previous program, UNICEF and UNESCO were chosen to be the GPE grant agents after a transparent and inclusive selection process.

Component 1 aims to improve access to primary education by improving primary school infrastructure. Chad has some 40,000 classrooms, of which 23,247 (58%) have been built with non-durable materials (mud, straw, or open-air classrooms). Consequently, there is a huge need to improve and expand primary school infrastructure. The project will contribute to the construction of 180 classrooms in areas with the worst school infrastructure, equip 30 schools with water supplies, latrines, whiteboards, slates and teacher chairs in order to promote a more equitable distribution of resources, mitigate regional disparities and cope with climate risks and disasters more effectively. In addition, this component also has the objective of providing primary school teachers with employment contracts and subsidy payments in order to improve teachers’ credentials, relieve parents and communities of the excessive burden of funding education, and rationalize teacher management with a contractual and regulatory approach.

Component 2 aims to improve supervision and teaching conditions by providing reading, math and science textbooks, slates and teacher's guides for primary education. Grades 1 and 2 will receive two textbooks (reading and math) and Grades 3 to 6 will receive three textbooks (reading, math and science). Component 2 also seeks to improve continuing education for teachers and supervisors in the primary education sector through a continuing education plan, and improve the learning outcome assessment system by introducing a national learning outcome assessment system for the formal and non-formal education sectors.

The objective of Component 3 is to improve the availability and quality of non-formal literacy training and basic education by increasing access for adults aged 15 or older to literacy programs, developing quality education and empowerment and facilitating the social, educational and occupational reintegration of out-of-school children aged 9 to 14.  

Component 4 aims to improve system management capacities by strengthening oversight and management capacities. This will be achieved by designing and implementing a training plan for key players at the Ministry of Education and by supporting the Interim Education Plan management and oversight structure and supporting the strategic departments involved in implementing the program. This component also has the objective of drafting and institutionalizing the school-zone map for basic education and for conceiving and implementing the school-zone map, modernizing and strengthening the EMIS and experimenting with its decentralization in ten regions.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2018-2021 19,237,506 - UNICEF
2018-2021 8,607,324 - UNESCO
2016-2017 6,955,170 6,016,886 UNICEF Progress report
2013-2017 40,140,000 39,035,209 UNICEF Completion report
2013-2017 7,060,000 6,933,935 UNESCO
Sector plan development 2016 250,000 - UNESCO
2014 106,000 - UNESCO
Program development 2016 199,605 - UNICEF
2014 143,213 129,820 UNICEF
  TOTAL 82,698,818 52,115,850    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Chad. For detailed results from GPE funding, please look for progress reports in the grants section.


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 (%)

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 December 02, 2018