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%.
The interim education sector plan, the Programme intérimaire de relance du secteur de l’éducation et de la formation professionnelle (PIRSEF) covers 2015-2016 and has been extended till the end of 2017. It is focused on improving quality, access, and governance in the education sector.
The PIRSEF encompasses three main components:
- Improve the quality of teaching and learning by improving professional qualifications for learners, adapting training offerings, and promoting scientific research.
- Improve access to education by building and rehabilitating more facilities, recruiting teachers, fostering social mobilization and stakeholder involvement, and promoting inclusive education.
- Strengthen the governance of education and vocational training by involving communities in school management, supporting the monitoring and evaluation system, and supporting the preparation of a Ten Year Education Sector Plan.
The government of Mali has also pledged to focus on reducing gender disparities, establishing disaster mitigation measures, and improving reading and writing in the early grades.
The government is in the process of developing a new sector plan, with support from a small grant from GPE to carry out the sector analysis.