Grant agent: UNICEF
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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The Education Sector Institutional Strengthening program (RISE, from its French acronym) is supported by a $2.5 million GPE grant ($1.4 million in initial funding + $1.1 million in additional funding).
The program’s overall objective is to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of education policies by strengthening the quality of education services provided through preschool and public basic education establishments. It also focuses on strengthening monitoring and evaluation of the education sector plan implementation.
Program activities are divided into four components and seek to:
- Strengthen the regulatory tools for educational and administrative management through:
- the development of legal frameworks and standards
- equipping nursery schools with learning materials
- improving the administrative and pedagogical management of public preschools, and secondary schools.
- Strengthen administrative and pedagogical capacities in preschools and basic education schools by:
- providing teachers training
- providing training in planning and administrative and financial management
- providing training in pedagogical management.
- Strengthen systems for assessing learning outcomes through:
- the creation of an evaluation unit within the ministry of Education
- the development of evaluation methodologies
- the assessment of learning outcomes.
- Create a monitoring and evaluation service for the implementation of the education sector plan. This will involve developing a system for monitoring and evaluating education programs and projects. This component also includes the evaluation of the RISE program.
All amounts are in US dollars.
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.