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.

Blogs and news

GPE Partners
March 04, 2019
From Burkina Faso to Tajikistan, from Niger to Uganda, partners from ministries of education, grant agents, coordinating agencies and civil society give their views on the value that GPE brings to...
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...

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. 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