Education in Niger

The government of Niger is focused on improving the long run performance of the education sector through launching several major reforms.

The education sector in Niger faces several challenges that negatively affect the sector’s progress. Universal primary education coverage and completion is hindered by a high population growth rate, low enrollment rate, and high dropout rate. Access and completion is worse among vulnerable groups including girls in rural areas, children in nomadic areas, and children with disabilities. Niger’s education sector is also affected by frequent weather shocks.

The education & training sector plan for 2014-2024 reaffirms the commitment of the government to making education and training a priority.

Blogs and news

Nasiba Alhassan, 12, (center) is in Grade 5 at Miga Central Primary School, Miga, Jigawa State, Nigeria. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
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...
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...
Nana, 5th grade student in Niger. Credit: Akiko Kageyama of JICA. Credit: Akiko Kageyama of JICA
January 28, 2019
In their own words, children in Niger share their thoughts about learning math.

Latest grant

Development objective: Improve access to schooling, retention of students in school, and the quality of the teaching and learning environment at the basic education level
Grant agent:World Bank

The current GPE program began in 2014 and focuses on improving access to schooling, retention, and quality of the teaching and learning environment at the basic education level.

The three components of the grant are:

  1. Increase equitable access to and retention in basic education by addressing both supply and demand-side constraints. This includes replacing or constructing classrooms, adding important school infrastructure, implementing school feeding programs, and incentives for girls' education.
  2. Improve the quality of teaching and learning in the two cycles of basic education by increasing the provision of teaching and learning materials, reviewing curriculum, providing pre-service and in-service teacher training, and improving learning outcomes in reading and math.
  3. Support efficient use of resources to improve access and quality by developing management and institutional capacity at all levels of the education system.

The ministry of national education leads the program with the World Bank as the grant agent. The European Union and UNICEF are the coordinating agencies.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2014-2019 84,200,000 76,393,999 World Bank Progress report
2009-2012 7,515,736 7,515,736 World Bank Completion report
2005-2008 8,000,000 8,000,000 World Bank
2004-2005 5,000,000 5,000,000 World Bank
Sector plan development 2018 482,007 - UNICEF
2013 249,650 237,792 UNICEF
Program development 2013 124,440 123,927 World Bank
  TOTAL 105,571,833 97,271,454    

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Niger. 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 10, 2019