Education in Guinea-Bissau

The 2011-2013 transitional education plan (TEP) was endorsed in 2010 and the country organized its first and only joint sector review (JSR) in 2014. The TEP could not be fully implemented due to the coup in 2012, when many donors withdrew. However, the country has taken positive steps by planning to organize annual JSRs as part of its new education sector plan (ESP) monitoring mechanism.

The 2017-2025 education sector plan was endorsed by development partners in 2017. Members of the local education group have strongly mobilized around the GPE model and have provided valuable technical and financial support to the government in the preparation of the sector plan.

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Fourth grade student at the Bissalanca Primary School. Guinea Bissau

CREDIT: World Bank/Arne Hoel
Development objective: Improve the teaching and learning environment in grades 1-4 in targeted schools
Grant agent:IBRD

The total cost of the program in Guinea-Bissau is US$15 million, and includes a US$4.3 million grant from GPE and US$10.7 million from IDA.

The GPE program has 4 components:

Component 1 aims to strengthen and improve the teaching and learning environment in all community and public primary schools, focusing on grades 1-4, in the two poorest regions by:

  • Encouraging greater community participation in school management
  • Providing financial resources at the school-level to purchase basic supplies, pedagogical materials, and to cover operating costs
  • Improving the inspection system to monitor school performance.

Component 2 aims to improve the quality of instruction by:

  • Establishing standards and harmonizing the system for teacher training
  • Introducing and rolling out the new curriculum for grades 1-4
  • Improving in-service teachers’ content knowledge and skills to effectively teach basic literacy and numeracy
  • Improving student learning outcomes in Portuguese and mathematics in early grades.

Component 3 aims to improve the overall functioning of the education system by increasing the availability of data to guide decision-making and by strengthening the overall capacity of the ministry of education. The component includes 2 sub-components: sector studies and project management.

The project management sub-component will also finance training activities for the ministry of education staff and the recruitment of additional expertise. The data collected through the school mapping exercise will help the ministry determine a cost-effective way to expand the current system.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2018-2023 4,300,000 - IBRD
2012-2017 12,000,000 10,750,733 UNICEF Progress report
Sector plan development 2017 190,999 UNICEF
Program development 2018 200,000 IBRD
2016 200,000 15,020 IBRD
  TOTAL 16,890,999 10,765,753    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Guinea-Bissau. 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 November 17, 2018