Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has made significant progress in the education sector. For instance, the completion rate at primary level has substantially increased from 29% in 2002 to 70% in 2014. Yet, it is still one of the countries with the largest number of out-of-school children.

It is estimated that 3.5 million or 26.7% of primary age children are out-of-school, of which 2.75 million live in rural areas. Furthermore, the sector is facing a wide range of challenges with regard to quality, governance and disparities.

In order to tackle these challenges, the Democratic Republic of Congo has developed its Education Sector Plan for 2016 – 2025 with a focus on expanding access and equity, improving learning quality, and improving governance and management in the sector.

Blogs and news

A student identifies letters during the GPE supported National Learning Assessment in Sudan. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
February 07, 2019
Too many developing countries still don’t gather enough information on how much their children are learning. The Global Partnership for Education supports them to put in place the right systems and...
Children and teacher raise their hands. Malawi Primary School. Credit: GPE/Tara O'Connell
January 10, 2019
As we start 2019, we share some of our New Year’s resolutions to ensure more children are in school and learning.
A teacher and her students in class at the Amadou Diagne Woré Elementary School, Dakar. Credit: GPE/ Carine Durand
September 08, 2018
On International Literacy Day, let’s review some of the efforts that the Global Partnership for Education is making to ensure that more children in developing countries are learning.

Latest grant

Young boy at Kamilabi primary school in Kananga, during Alice Albright's visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

CREDIT: GPE/Claire Horton
Development objective: increasing access to and quality of basic education through building and rehabilitating classrooms, improving conditions for teacher training and strenghten insitutional capacity to deliver quality basic education.
Grant agent:IBRD

A grant of US$100 million has been approved for the period of 2017-2021 with the following objectives:

  • Improve the quality of learning in primary education by developing a conducive education environment which is enabled by:
    • Strengthening the early childhood education system for quality service provision, including quality assurance standards and mechanisms,
    • Reinforcing teacher effectiveness through teacher training, teacher support and teacher management,
    • Supporting the supply chain of learning and teaching materials to improve literacy and numeracy during the early grades of primary education, and strengthening the sustainability of the textbook supply chain.
  • Strengthen sector management by improving knowledge of sector performance and building systems of accountability by:
    • Institutionalizing standardized student learning assessment,
    • Institutionalizing accountability in the administrative and pedagogical support chain through the performance-based financing (PBF) approach,
    • Providing support to girls’ education.
  • Strengthen sector management and promote greater accountability by introducing new management practices at the local levels.

Source: World Bank Project Appraisal Document – March 2016


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2017-2021 100,000,000 15,491,647 IBRD Progress report
2013-2017 100,000,000 99,938,746 IBRD Completion report
Sector plan development 2015 237,875 87,102 IBRD  
Program development 2015 321,750 249,808 IBRD  
  TOTAL 200,559,625 115,767,303    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 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