Côte d'Ivoire

Cote d'Ivoire

  • GPE partner since: 2010
  • Coordinating agency: AFD
  • GPE Secretariat Country Lead: Douglas Lehman


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Education in Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire’s national development plan for 2016-2020 gives the education sector a prominent role to play. Indeed, the plan’s second strategic axis aims to “accelerate the development of human capital and of social wellbeing.” The recent law on mandatory education for children of 6 to 16 years of age (Politique de scolarisation obligatoire) is meant so that all children receive a primary and lower-secondary education to obtain the necessary skills to either continue their education or join the labor force.

The vision of the 2016-2025 Education Sector Plan is to give all children and adults a quality education or training that is both equitable and inclusive, allows citizens to contribute to the development of their communities and country, and promotes social cohesion. The vision is aligned with the sustainable development goal 4 on education.

The sector plan has the following objectives:

  1. Improve access and equity in the education system as a whole through:
    • Reducing inequalities in education supply, whether geographical, based on gender, socio-economic status and teacher deployment
    • Ensuring adequate education infrastructure and equipment and in adequate numbers
  2. Improve the quality and diversity of the education and training supply, and the internal efficiency of the system through:
    • Creating an attractive physical environment and improving the system’s efficiency
    • Increasing literacy rates, especially for women
    • Promoting nationally-relevant training paths, including agriculture and raw material transformation
    • Promoting training in technology
    • Promoting scientific research
  3. Improve the education system’s management and governance through:
    • Gradually eliminating the government’s subsidies to private education
    • Reducing the wage bill
    • Developing new tools and systems for the education system to reduce the risks of conflict, disasters and violence
    • Improving the capacity to mobilize resources, to implement and to monitor education actors at all levels,
    • Improving regulatory mechanisms and social protection.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent
Program implementation 2018-2022 24,100,000 - IBRD
2012-2017 41,400,000 41,382,985 IBRD
Sector plan development 2016 220,219 173,561 UNICEF
Program development 2017 200,000 - IBRD
  TOTAL 65,920,219 41,556,546  


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/Trained teacher ratio

Teachers Trained (%)

GPE in Cote d'Ivoire

Boy and girl in 4th grade studying biology in a newly built community school in Cote d'Ivoire. Credit: GPE/Carine Durand

The GPE grant of US$41.4 million (2012-2017) focused on increasing access to and quality of basic education.

The 3 components of the project were:

  1. Restore and increase access to basic education through constructing or rehabilitating primary school classrooms, new lower secondary schools, and providing incentives to promote girls’ education.
  2. Rehabilitate and improve the conditions for teaching and learning through pre-service teacher training, in-service teacher training, developing a student learning assessment, distributing learning and teaching materials, and a school health and nutrition program.
  3. Restore and strengthen institutional capacity to deliver quality basic education through reinforcing the capacity at the central level, regional level, and local level.

The Ministry of National Education managed the project in partnership with the World Bank as grant agent and Agence française de développement (AFD) as the coordinating agency.

Source: World Bank Emergency Basic Education Support Project. April 2012

In March 2017, Cote d’Ivoire received a program development grant of US$200,000 from GPE.


The current GPE-supported program has contributed to the following results:

  • An additional 24,000 qualified primary teachers in the education system.
  • 1,272 classrooms were built or rehabilitated at the primary level benefitting 50,680 students.
  • 16,979 teachers received in-service training.
  • 8,670 heads of regional education directorates (DREN), school directors, inspectors, and advisors were trained at the primary level.
  • A system for learning assessment was developed and implemented at the primary level.
  • Timely reliable annual school statistics were produced,
  • 1,000,270 textbooks were purchased and distributed,
  • 8,500 school management committees benefitted from trainings on procedures manual, the establishment of new governance framework and community-based school construction,
  • A teacher training center was constructed in Bondoukou,
  • Source: World Bank Implementation Status and Results Report – August 2017

Last updated April 16, 2018