Education in Guinea
Guinea’s Strategic Poverty Reduction Document, the DSRP, identifies education and training as a priority sector and defines four national priorities for education:
- Continuing to work towards achieving universal primary education and expanding basic education, while reducing disparities.
- Improving the quality and relevance of teaching and learning at all levels.
- Developing better programs and training at technical, vocational, and higher education levels in line with national economic needs.
- Strengthening governance in the education sector by improving the efficiency of the system’s management and reinforcing the decentralization process.
Guinea has made considerable progress in recent years, particularly in increasing access to education. The education sector still deals with many challenges related to coverage, efficiency, quality, and equity.
The transitional Education Sector Plan 2015-2017, which has been extended until 2018, outlines numerous objectives related to access, quality, relevance, and governance. These include:
- Expand pre-school coverage and reduce disparities between rural and urban areas.
- Accelerate access and improve retention through school construction, teacher recruitment, and payment restructuring in difficult areas.
- Increase school demand through establishing canteens, distributing school supply kits, and social mobilization campaigns.
- Encourage girls’ enrollment and retention through creating associations of mothers and mentors, and providing training on the benefits of schooling.
- Develop inclusive schools for handicapped children to promote access through disability mapping.
- Improve access to college and increase the transition rate from primary to college for all children.
- Develop access to technical education and training that meets the skilled labor needs for the nation’s development.
- Invest in the creation and rehabilitation of schools for public training.
- Develop public-private partnerships for managing training institutions and modernize learning.
- Accommodate growing enrollment in higher education by restructuring the academics of major institutions, rehabilitating and extending existing infrastructure, revitalizing distance education, and promoting incentives to increase female access to scientific and technical studies.
All amounts are in US dollars.
|Grant type||Years||Allocations||Disbursements||Grant agent|
|Sector plan development||2017||219,401||-||UNICEF|
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 (%)
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 Guinea
The latest GPE-funded grant of US$37.8 million in Guinea (2015-2018) focuses on improving access and learning in basic education for under-served populations, and strengthening evidence-based management. The GPE grant contributes to a pooled fund to which France, IDA and UNICEF also contribute (France: US$12 million; UNICEF: US$1 million; IDA: US$1 million).
The three components of the pooled fund program are:
- Improve coverage and equity in access to basic education for in school and out-of-school children by providing new classrooms, latrines, wells, and furniture, as well as supporting the roll-out of new functional literacy campaigns.
- Improve the quality of teaching and learning conditions at the primary and lower secondary levels through teacher training and pedagogical support, providing teaching and learning materials, and improving decentralized and school-based management.
- Enhance the governance and management of the education sector through monitoring and evaluation to support an evidence-based approach to policy and strategy design.
The current GPE grant to Guinea has helped achieve the following results:
- 3,910 additional enrollments in alternative and non-formal education centers that received equipment and supplies. 3,143 of the additional enrollees were female
- The percentage of primary schools in which the conditions of latrines are below standards has improved from 30% in 2015 to 24% in 2017
- The percentage of primary schools in which the conditions of water points are below standards has improved from 77% in 2015 to 75% in 2017
- More than 179 stand-alone latrines were built
- 111 stand-alone water points were built
- 29 additional classrooms have been built through the project interventions
- 108 alternative and non-formal education centers (NAFA) were renewed
- 13,255 teachers and inspectors were trained, including 10,951 primary school teachers and 1,742 lower-secondary school teachers
- 1,267,977 teaching and learning materials were produced and distributed
- 5 analytical reports are available and disclosed
- 7,244 beneficiaries received decentralized grants, including 6,777 schools and 467 prefectural direction of education, community delegation of education, regional education unit, and primary education delegates
- The project numbers 2,151,672 direct beneficiaries, of which 46% are female.