Student in class three at the Sandogo “B” Primary School, District 7, Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$253,942,850

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • System capacity
  • System transformation

Education sector plan

Objective: Increase access and improve the quality of education, higher education and vocational training.

Other key documents

Coordinating agency: Ambassade du Luxembourg, LuxDev

GPE Team lead: Christophe Deconinck, Ed Lamot

Transforming education in Burkina Faso

Following diagnostic work in 2016, the government of Burkina Faso reviewed its education sector plan (Programme sectoriel de l’education et de la formation - PSEF) and developed a new one for the period of 2017-2030.

The new education sector plan aims to:

  • ensure a harmonious, equitable, and inclusive early childhood development
  • ensure a universal completion of primary cycle and establish equitable and quality basic education for all
  • deal with lack of trainers in technical and vocational high schools
  • extend technical and vocational training and education and adjust it to the needs of the economy
  • adjust higher education to the needs of the economy
  • foster governance in the management of the sector for an efficient conversion of resources into results.

The country envisions a democratic, performing and inclusive education system, which is open to the world and develops the competences and expertise that meet the needs of the socioeconomic development of Burkina Faso.

To achieve this vision, the PSEF is built around three strategic programs, which seek to:

  1. Increase access to education and training by investing in infrastructure, hiring teachers and trainers and by reducing inequalities in access to education and training at all levels
  2. Improve the quality of learning by enhancing teaching and learning at school and university levels and also in technical and vocational trainings
  3. Foster governance in the management of the education and training sector.

Result story

Synergy between innovation and civil society action: examples from Burkina Faso and Senegal

Woubibox in Burkina Faso and the local observatory of education quality in Senegal are two initiatives from civil society organizations. Read how they work and how GPE’s Education Out Loud and KIX initiatives supported them, with the potential to adapt them in other countries.


(data as of September 28, 2023)

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2023 - 2024

    Allocation: US$394,564

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: AFD

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2022

    Allocation: US$95,360

    Utilization: US$95,112

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: COVID-19

    Years: 2021 - 2022

    Allocation: US$7,000,000

    Utilization: US$6,924,969

    Grant agent: AFD

  • Type: Accelerated funding

    Years: 2020 - 2022

    Allocation: US$11,000,000

    Utilization: US$10,900,449

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2018 - 2024

    Allocation: US$55,000,000

    Utilization: US$48,391,127

    Grant agent: AFD

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2016 - 2017

    Allocation: US$208,041

    Utilization: US$208,041

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2013 - 2017

    Allocation: US$78,200,000

    Utilization: US$78,200,000

    Grant agent: AFD

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2012 - 2013

    Allocation: US$44,885

    Utilization: US$44,885

    Grant agent: AFD

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2009 - 2012

    Allocation: US$102,000,000

    Utilization: US$102,000,000

    Grant agent: WB


As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting:

  • The Coalition Nationale Pour l’Éducation Pour Tous du Burkina Faso for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).
  • Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage for the 2021-2023 period.
  • Civil society partnership for advocacy for non-formal education led by Groupe de Recherche et d'Action pour le Développement (GRADE) for the 2021-2024 period.

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