Students from the Kigobe Reference Center for Inclusive Education. Burundi. June 2022. Credit: GPE/Ingomag

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$115,229,346

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • System capacity
  • System transformation

Education sector plan

Objective: Promote access to quality education for all and contribute efficiently to solving the challenges of the country's education system.

Other key documents

Transforming education in Burundi

Following the socio-political events of 2015, the government of Burundi developed a medium-term transitional education plan for 2018-2020, instead of continuing with the implementation of the 2012-2020 Education and Training Development Sector Plan.

This enables the government to focus its efforts on basic education, protect the gains until the country overcomes the current unrest and prepare a comprehensive sector plan at the end of the transitional period.

The plan focuses on basic education in order to support the basic education reform launched at the start of the 2013/2014 academic year and meet the major challenges identified by the 2014 Education Country Status Report (CSR) and the analysis of risks and vulnerabilities conducted in 2017. Considerable challenges persist in terms of equity, efficiency and learning outcomes.

The education sector is a priority for the government of Burundi in view of the share of its budget earmarked for education. The share of the education sector in recurrent expenditure excluding public debt has always been high.

Result story

Burundi: Keeping schools accessible for better learning

  • The socio-political crisis that Burundi went through has changed the landscape of the education sector and increased the challenges to ensure a quality education for all.
  • Since 2012, GPE has been supporting the country's Ministry of Education and development partners' work to improve access to quality education, even during crisis times, through several grants.
  • GPE's contributions are more than financial, as its partnership approach promotes collaboration and coordination between the different implementing partners, placing the country on the path to transforming its education system.


(data as of November 28, 2023)

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2023 -

    Allocation: US$162,786

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: UNESCO

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2022 - 2024

    Allocation: US$677,927

    Utilization: US$99,688

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Accelerated funding

    Years: 2021 - 2023

    Allocation: US$9,380,000

    Utilization: US$9,380,000

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: COVID-19

    Years: 2020 - 2022

    Allocation: US$7,000,000

    Utilization: US$7,000,000

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2019 - 2026

    Allocation: US$46,900,000

    Utilization: US$17,956,769

    Grant agent: AFD

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2019 - 2021

    Allocation: US$190,100

    Utilization: US$190,100

    Grant agent: AFD

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2017 - 2018

    Allocation: US$416,927

    Utilization: US$416,927

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2017 - 2018

    Allocation: US$201,171

    Utilization: US$201,171

    Grant agent: AFD

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2016 - 2019

    Allocation: US$20,100,000

    Utilization: US$20,100,000

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2013 - 2016

    Allocation: US$30,200,434

    Utilization: US$30,200,434

    Grant agent: BTC

Civil society engagement

As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting the Coalition Éducation Pour Tous Bafashebige (EPT BAFASHEBIGE) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

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