Education in Honduras

Honduras sees education as a critical investment in its future growth and development. A major reform in the education sector was the approval of the Education Law in 2012 that expanded basic education from grade 6 to grade 9, made one year of preschool mandatory, and made amendments to the teacher hiring and supervision system, among other measures.

Honduras faces several challenges in the education sector including the improvement of education quality, the evaluation of learning outcomes in Spanish and math, and of teacher performance.

The country is about to release a new and comprehensive education sector plan, which has been developed with financial support from GPE.

The previous education sector plan outlined the following strategic areas :

  1. Improving access to education by:
    • Ensuring that all children, youth, and adults, regardless of their ethnicity, socio-economic background or disabilities have access to the education system, either through formal education or alternative learning programs such as distance and accelerated learning. These alternative learning programs aim to bring back out-of-school children, youth and adults to the education system.
    • Establishing proper mechanisms to ensure that children complete the ninth grade of basic education in a timely way to avoid having over-aged children in the education system.
    • Guaranteeing access to the education system to youth and adults that started their studies but never finished them.
    • Increasing access opportunities for disadvantaged populations by focusing on rural municipalities that present the highest poverty levels.
  2. Improving the quality of education by:
    • Creating a basic national curriculum that is relevant to all regions and reflects the history and culture of Honduras.
    • Providing ongoing training opportunities for teachers and administrative staff of the ministry of education.
    • Creating a national system for the evaluation, accreditation and certification of the quality of education.
    • Creating a system of incentives to improve the performance of teachers, students, and schools.
    • Provisioning school furniture for all education facilities.
    • Promoting mother tongue instruction for indigenous populations.
  3. Improving the efficiency of the education system by:
    • Complying with the 200 instruction days outlined in the 2012 education law “Ley Fundamental de Educación”.
    • Redeploying teaching human resources.
    • Providing social benefits for children, youth and adults who are enrolled in school such as transport subventions and school meals.
  4. Improving competitiveness by:
    • Strengthening the instruction of the English language.
    • Applying and strengthening information and communication technologies.
    • Constructing and improving the infrastructure of technical and vocational education centers.
  5. Improving the management and efficiency of the ministry of education by:
    • Implementing the regulations outlined in the 2012 Ley Fundamental de Educación.
    • Ensuring a greater transparency within public sector functions, accountability, and the dissemination of information.
    • Developing the strategic institutional plan for 2014-2018 and an annual budget based on results-oriented programs.
    • Improving the education infrastructure.
  6. Encouraging greater participation of the educational community by:
    • Empowering parents.
    • Encouraging ownership and operation of the educational development councils (Consejos Educativos de Desarrollo or CED in Spanish).
    • Increasing community participation through the municipal and district councils (Consejos Municipales de Desarrollo or COMDE, and Consejos Distritales de Desarrollo Educativo or CODDE).

Blogs and news

Children reading a book on steps outside while a teacher points to the book in Honduras. Credit: GPE/Paul Martinez
August 02, 2018
Honduras has one of the world's highest crime rates. To break the cycle of violence, the country’s education plan for 2018-2030 calls on promoting inclusive and equitable quality education in support...
Children in class at the Tim Hines school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The school sets a good example of how community efforts and the involvement of parents make a positive impact for students. Honduras, August 2017. Credit: GPE/Carolina Valenzuela
March 08, 2018
Last week, a GPE delegation met with Marcial Solís, the Minister of Education of Honduras, to refine the details of the implementation and financing of the new education plan for 2018-2030. The plan...
Tim Hines school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Credit: GPE/Carolina Valenzuela
January 08, 2018
According to President Juan Orlando Hernández, Honduras's new national education model, designed in coordination with the GPE strives to prevent gang activity by providing children with quality...

Latest grant

School children hold books in a school in Honduras.

CREDIT: Paul Martinez

In September 2015 Honduras received a US$500,000 Education Sector Plan Development Grant from GPE, with the World Bank as grant agent. About half of the grant (US$263,500) was used to carry out an analysis of the education sector, and the other part (US$236,500) supported the development of the new sector plan for 2016-2030. The government and other partners are co-financing these activities as well. The new sector plan to be released shortly will include a specific strategy on gender equality and the reduction of gender-based violence in schools.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Sector plan development 2015 500,000 288,185 IBRD  
  TOTAL 500,000 288,185    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Honduras. 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