Education in Sudan

The government of Sudan recognizes education as a right for every citizen and guarantees access to free basic education. Achieving the Education for All targets is considered a pre-requisite for achieving socio-economic stability in Sudan.

The vision of the Interim Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) is to create a distinctive education system based on science and values, with an emphasis on improving the access to school, the quality of the education being received, as well as a strengthening of the country’s educational system.

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Latest grant

Development objective: Improve the learning environment in targeted areas; increase the availability of textbooks; and strengthen education planning and management mechanisms
Grant agent:IBRD

The US$76.5 million GPE program in Sudan began in July 2013 and is focused on improving the learning environment, providing more textbooks, and strengthening the education system’s planning and management mechanisms.

The three components of the grant include:

  1. Improving the learning environment by building 2000 classrooms in rural areas and localities with low enrollment and providing school grants to 750 schools.
  2. Provision of textbooks, including procurement and distribution of about six million textbooks.
  3. Strengthening the monitoring and management mechanisms of the education system by building management capacity, establishing systems for learning assessment and teacher monitoring, and developing a full Education Sector Strategic Plan.

The Federal ministry of general education leads the program with the World Bank as the grant agent and UNICEF as the coordinating agency.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2013-2019 76,500,000 76,472,764 IBRD Progress report
Sector plan development 2016 499,900 499,900 IBRD
  TOTAL 76,999,900 76,972,664    

GPE has also provided Sudanese Coalition for Education for All (SCEFA) with a grant from the Civil Society Education Fund, to support its engagement in education sector policy dialogue and citizens’ voice in education quality, equity, and financing and sector reform.

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Sudan, and GPE data shows the country progress on 16 indicators monitored in the GPE Results Framework.


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 June 11, 2019