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:

  1. Expand pre-school coverage and reduce disparities between rural and urban areas.
  2. Accelerate access and improve retention through school construction, teacher recruitment, and payment restructuring in difficult areas.
  3. Increase school demand through establishing canteens, distributing school supply kits, and social mobilization campaigns.
  4. Encourage girls’ enrollment and retention through creating associations of mothers and mentors, and providing training on the benefits of schooling.
  5. Develop inclusive schools for handicapped children to promote access through disability mapping.
  6. Improve access to college and increase the transition rate from primary to college for all children.
  7. Develop access to technical education and training that meets the skilled labor needs for the nation’s development.
  8. Invest in the creation and rehabilitation of schools for public training.
  9. Develop public-private partnerships for managing training institutions and modernize learning.
  10. 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.

Blogs and news

Boys in a classroom in Guinea. Credit: GPE/Tabassy Baro
June 20, 2018
The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat approved US$218,055 for Guinea to support the development of the new education sector plan.
Students line up to have their temperature taken before entering their classroom. Credit: GPE/Tabassy Baro
April 12, 2017
In March 2017, the Global Partnership for Education Secretariat approved US$219,401 for Guinea to conduct an education sector analysis.
Four children are outside the classroom in Mali, two sit on the window sill while the other two stand outside. Credit: GPE
February 08, 2017
Mali and Guinea are working on developing pedagogical approaches adapted to small rural schools. These activities are part of the overall education sector plans and are specifically supported by the...

Latest grant

A girl solves a math problem on the blackboard. Alphabaria school, Dabola Area, Guinea. May 2016.

CREDIT: GPE/Adrien Boucher
Development objective: improve access and learning in basic education and literacy of under-served populations, strengthen the Ministry of Pre-University Education and Literacy's capacity in evidence-based management, and support the implementation of the Education sector's short-term Ebola strategic response plan.
Grant agent:IBRD

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Ministry of Education leads the program with the World Bank as grant agent and UNICEF as coordinating agency.

Source: World Bank project appraisal document, July 2015 and restructuring paper, March 2016


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2015-2019 37,800,000 26,621,236 IBRD Progress report
2010-2014 24,000,000 24,000,000 UNICEF  
2008-2014 40,000,000 40,000,000 IBRD Completion report
Sector plan development 2018 218,055 UNICEF  
2017 219,401 - UNICEF  
2012 250,000 241,360 IBRD  
Program development 2014 150,000 136,539 IBRD  
  TOTAL 102,637,456 90,999,135    

Education sector progress

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