COVID-19 response

Allocation: US$750,000

Years: 2020-2021

Grant agent: UNICEF

Key document:

The US$750,000 COVID-19 grant supports:

  • TVs to students in remote areas who have access to electricity
  • Learning materials to students who lack access to online programs
  • Ensure sufficient sanitary facilities (masks, protective gowns, gloves, gels, soap, handwashing areas, etc.) in schools and all classrooms and common areas are kept clean according to new standards
  • Training to teachers on the use of digital platforms and creation of content and create a support line for teachers and parents
  • Train “Radio and Educational Technologies” team in charge of creating a new Studio TV Education program.

In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Cabo Verde received a GPE grant of US$70,000 to support the Ministry of Education in its response to the pandemic. The grant was used to produce a video promoting distance learning via radio and TV.

Education in Cabo Verde

With an average length of schooling of 13 years, Cabo Verde has made considerable progress with coverage of the entire system. Analyses of equity and differentiation based on various population groups (gender, rural/urban, standard-of-living quintile) underscore the existence of moderate disparities up to the end of the second secondary cycle (10 years of studies).

The education sector plan finalized in 2017, Plano Estratégico da Educação 2017-2021 targets three key strategic pillars:

  • universal access to pre-primary education for all children aged 4 to 5 years, including those with special needs;
  • better articulation of pre-primary education with basic education so that all students receive two years of pre-primary education;
  • equal access to universal, free education up to Grade 8 through the implementation of social action plans for schools, particularly for priority groups and special education for all.

The local education group comprises representatives of the Ministry of Education, technical and financial partners, and civil society, and its mandate is to monitor implementation of the various stages of implementation of the education sector plan.

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A boy from Isla de Boavista, Cabo Verde

A boy from Isla de Boavista, Cabo Verde

CREDIT: Isidro Lopez-Arcos
Development objective: Improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of educational policies by strengthening the quality of education and services provided by preschool and basic education institutions and by strengthening monitoring & evaluation of the education sector plan’s implementation.
Allocation: US$2,500,000
Years: 2018-2023
Grant agent: UNICEF
Utilization: US$723,397

The grant of US$1.4 million supports the Education Sector Institutional Strengthening program (RISE, from the French acronym), aimed at:

  • strengthening regulatory, management and pedagogical support tools in the pre-primary, basic, and secondary education sectors;
  • systematizing training of all education personnel in pedagogy, results-based management and administrative and pedagogical management;
  • creating an assessment unit responsible for development of assessment methodologies and assessment of learning for two levels;
  • creating the Research, Evaluation and Forward Planning Unit (UEEP), responsible for formulation of a monitoring and evaluation system and design and introduction of an education management information system.

Component 1 involves equipping the system with a range of mechanisms and tools to guide pedagogical performance, functioning and the relationships between educational establishments (pre-primary and basic education sectors) and the various members of the education community by providing a clearer definition of the pedagogical and administrative procedures regulating internal organization.

Activities include the formulation and application of legal measures and pedagogical guidelines in the pre-primary, basic education and secondary sectors, the equipping of pre-primary institutions with play and teaching materials conforming to the new guidelines, and the preparation and application of an administrative and pedagogical management and supervision guide for the pre-primary, basic education and secondary sectors.

Component 2 supports the establishment of a skills-enhancement program for professionals in the pre-primary sector, teachers in the basic education sector, and managers and members of school management bodies in the areas of pedagogy, planning, and human resources, administrative and financial management. This involves training teachers in Portuguese and curriculum implementation and also training management personnel in results-based and administrative and financial management.

Component 3 facilitates the development and promotion of an institutional culture of assessing learning outcomes at all levels of the education system. Activities include establishment of an assessment unit that will develop a new assessment methodology and manage, process, analyze and present learning assessment outcomes for Portuguese and mathematics for two levels (Grades 2 and 4). It is anticipated that the World Bank will support assessment for two other levels (Grades 6 and 8).

Component 4 supports the development and promotion of an institutional culture of monitoring and evaluation of education programs and projects through the establishment within the Ministry of Education of a service for monitoring and evaluation of implementation of the Education Strategic Plan, and which will also be responsible for formulating and implementing the EMIS for basic education. This component also includes evaluation of the RISE program.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Utilization Grant agent
COVID-19 2020-2021 750,000 523,361 UNICEF
Program implementation 2018-2023 2,500,000 723,397 UNICEF
Sector plan development 2014-2017 234,775 234,775 UNICEF
Program development 2018 17,400 0 UNICEF
  Total 3,502,175 1,481,533  
Data last updated: October 04, 2021

As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting the Rede Nacional Da Campanha de Educação Para Todos (RNCEPT-CV) for the 2019-2021 period.

This builds on 11 years of Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) support to national education coalitions for their engagement in education sector policy dialogue.

GPE had provided the Rede Nacional Da Campanha de Educação Para Todos (RNCEPT-CV) with a grant from the CSEF 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 Cabo Verde, 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

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 September 09, 2021