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.

Blogs and news

April 15, 2019
The Global Partnership for Education Secretariat has approved grants totaling nearly US$2.4 million to support education sector analysis and planning, as well as education program development in 7...
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.

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 36,544,109 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 102,637,456 100,922,008    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Guinea. 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 May 15, 2019