Education in Mali

Mali’s transitional education sector plan was developed following a period of unconstitutional rule and civil war. It aims to continue some of the work of the previous ten-year sector plan and also restore the school system in areas affected by conflict.

The government of Mali is committed to continuing the implementation of its education development policies to enhance the quality and efficiency of the education system.

The education sector has recently faced considerable challenges due to political instability. Between 2011 and 2013, progress made in the previous decade eroded: The primary gross enrollment ratio decreased from 92% to 83.5%, while the completion rate decreased from 62% to 59%.

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Latest grant

School children in a classroom in Gao, Mali.

CREDIT: UN Photo/Marco Dormino
Development objective: increase access to education, and improve the learning environment, for affected students in the targeted areas.
Grant agent:World Bank

The latest GPE grant of US$41.7 million (2013-2017) focused on increasing access and improving the learning environment for affected students in target areas.

The grant supported three components:

  1. Increase access to quality basic education services through construction and rehabilitation of physical structures, provision of health and nutrition programs, distribution of teaching-learning materials to students in targeted areas, with a focus on displaced students.
  2. Strengthen the technical and pedagogical capacity of the education system through teacher training and pedagogical support for affected students in order to improve students’ learning.
  3. Strengthen the administrative and monitoring capacity of the education system by fostering school management committees and providing support for the ministry’s monitoring and evaluation system in targeted areas.

The ministry of Education implemented the program in partnership with the World Bank as grant agent and UNICEF as coordinating agency.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2013-2017 41,700,000 41,012,073 World Bank Completion report
2007-2010 6,553,547 6,553,547 World Bank
Sector plan development 2016 442,604 210,783 UNICEF
Program development 2018 200,000 - World Bank
2012 200,000 182,246 World Bank
  TOTAL 49,096,151 47,958,649    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Mali. 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 April 04, 2019