Girls sit in a classroom preparing for a class in Cameroon. September 2022. Credit: UNICEF/UN0704362/Beguel

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$172,354,894

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • Multiplier and Girls' Education Accelerator
  • System capacity
  • System transformation

Education sector plan

Objective: Improving access and equity, quality and relevance, as well as governance and management of the sector

Other key documents

Coordinating agency: UNICEF

GPE Team lead: Ludovic Signarbieux, Mafaizath Fatoke

Transforming education in Cameroon

The primary objective of the current plan, Document de Stratégie du Secteur de l’Éducation et de la Formation 2013-2020 is the achievement of quality universal primary education in Cameroon. This objective aligns with the national strategy for growth and employment goal of providing the production system with human capital capable of supporting economic growth.

Cameroon has made notable progress in recent years on some indicators, including increasing the textbook/learner ratio, recruiting and deploying new teachers and assessing learning outcomes. However, the education sector still faces many challenges particularly due to the many crises the country has faced in recent years.

The current education sector plan is focused on improving access and equity, quality and relevance, as well as governance and management of the education sector in Cameroon.

Result story

Cameroon: Including refugee and internally displaced children in education

  • Cameroon has an increasing number of refugees from the Central African Republic and Nigeria as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs) from conflict-affected regions, many of whom are school-age children.
  • The government is committed to ensuring equitable access to quality education for all children in communities hosting refugees and IDPs.
  • A GPE-funded program is helping improve the quality of education in 300 host-community schools welcoming refugees and 200 host-community schools with internally displaced children.


(data as of February 25, 2024)

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2023 - 2024

    Allocation: US$179,091

    Utilization: US$126,549

    Grant agent: UNESCO

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2023 - 2024

    Allocation: US$200,000

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: IsDB

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2022 - 2025

    Allocation: US$400,000

    Utilization: US$358,040

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program implementation and Multiplier

    Years: 2021 - 2027

    Allocation: US$53,800,000

    Utilization: US$11,203,795

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2020 - 2021

    Allocation: US$300,000

    Utilization: US$264,068

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: COVID-19

    Years: 2020 - 2022

    Allocation: US$11,000,000

    Utilization: US$10,820,660

    Grant agent: UNESCO

  • Type: Accelerated funding

    Years: 2019 - 2021

    Allocation: US$7,760,000

    Utilization: US$7,631,609

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2018 - 2021

    Allocation: US$500,000

    Utilization: US$499,352

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2014 - 2019

    Allocation: US$50,761,884

    Utilization: US$50,761,884

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2013 - 2014

    Allocation: US$190,395

    Utilization: US$190,395

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2012 - 2013

    Allocation: US$199,424

    Utilization: US$199,424

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2007 - 2011

    Allocation: US$47,064,100

    Utilization: US$47,064,100

    Grant agent: WB

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 Cameroon Education For All Network (CEFAN) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

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