Education in Zambia

The government of Zambia is committed to allocating more resources to the education sector in order to expand access to primary, secondary, and tertiary education. Education is seen as a major factor in fighting poverty and hunger.

The goal of the education sector is to increase equitable access to quality education and skills training to enhance human capacity for sustainable national development.

The National Implementation Framework III’s (NIF II) primary goal is to enhance human capacity by improving quality education and skills training,. with particular attention to raising learning achievement levels and mitigating inequities and inefficiencies.

Despite increases in student enrollment and completion rates at the basic school level, quality remains low. This reflects challenges in teacher quality and supply, teaching and learning materials, and school governance.

Blogs and news

A fourth grade student uses a textbook in the classroom; Felege Abay Elementary School, Bahar Dar, Ethiopia. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
September 19, 2019
As a member of GPE’s Education Data Solutions Roundtable, Tableau can collaborate with and offer valuable support to make education data more useful and actionable in GPE partner developing countries.
Participants during the
April 09, 2019
At a meeting in South Africa last month, participants shared experiences and looked for cross-sector solutions to put an end to violence in and around schools.
Children at Mkunazini primary school in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Credit: GPE/Chantal Rigaud
March 14, 2019
In focus: Girls' education and gender equality A new toolkit developed by VVOB and FAWE on gender-responsive pedagogy for early childhood education is a promising resource to support early education...

Latest grant

Development objective: Support the improvement of education quality and participation of girls in the education system through effective implementation of the Education National Implementation Framework (NIF) Phase III.
Grant agent:DfID

The latest GPE grant of US$35.2 million provides sector budget support to the ministry of general education (MoGE) along with the United Kingdom’s Department of International Development (DFID) to fund implementation of sector strategies, and the full implementation of the NIF III, through the annual work plans and budgets.

The objective of the GPE support is to have increased achievement in learning for boys and girls by increasing equitable access to quality education and skills training to enhance human capacity for sustainable national development.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
Program implementation 2013-2018 35,200,000 21,264,000 DfID
2009-2011 60,200,000 60,200,000 Netherlands
Sector plan development 2016 498,391 498,391 UNICEF
  TOTAL 95,898,391 81,962,391    

GPE has also provided the Zambia National Education Coalition (ZANEC) 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 Zambia, 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