Education in Ghana

The Education Strategic Plan 2018-2030 is the sixth plan in the series and builds on the previous ones and on other strategic goals such as Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education, and MDGs and is aligned to the more recent Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 and the National Development Plan 2016-2057.

The ultimate goal of the plan is to ensure that education plays a critical and positive role in the national development agenda and in helping to integrate international development goals into this agenda.

The main priorities of the ESP 2018-2030 include:

Blogs and news

Students solving a task. Pong Tamale Experimental Primary School, Ghana. Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer
January 24, 2019
On the first International Day of Education, let’s review the key role that education plays in promoting peace, development and growth, and examine the elements that make up a great education.
Gbimsi Junior High School, Savelugu, Ghana. Credit: GPE/ Stephan Bachenheimer
January 22, 2019
The Platform for Girls’ Education, a group of government representatives and heads of leading multilateral agencies like GPE, commissioned a report that found that girls still remain disadvantaged in...
Selfie with Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate and co-founder of the 100 Million campaign. Credit: 100 Million/KSCF-US
November 08, 2018
The All-Africa Students’ Union supports the goals of the 100 Million campaign and will participate in the week of global action to promote the education rights of all children around the world.

Latest grant

Students during a computer class at Gbimsi Junior High School, Savelugu, Northern Region of Ghana. May 2016.

CREDIT: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer
Development objective: create an inclusive education system through improved access and equity, and provision of quality and relevant educational opportunities for all.
Grant agent:IBRD

The latest GPE-funded program in Ghana began in November 2012 and closed in August 2016, through the support of a US$75.5 million grant. The program’s objective was to improve the planning, monitoring, and delivery of basic education services in targeted, deprived districts.

The three components of the grant were:

  • Provision of grants to deprived districts to support key education objectives and support teacher development.
  • Provision of school grants to support schools in providing instructional material, school furniture, mentoring opportunities, guidance and counseling system for girls, and equipment or tools to improve teaching and learning.
  • Project management and institutional strengthening through supporting monitoring and evaluation, providing training materials, and improving school supervision.

The Ministry of Education leads the program with the World Bank as the grant agent and UNICEF as the coordinating agency.

Source : World Bank project appraisal document - October 2012


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2012-2016 75,500,000 75,500,000 IBRD Completion report
2006-2007 11,000,000 11,000,000 IBRD Completion report
2005-2006 8,000,000 8,000,000 IBRD Completion report
Sector plan development 2017 442,772 DfID  
Program development 2018 400,000 IBRD
  TOTAL 95,342,772 94,500,000    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Ghana. 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 September 26, 2018