Education in the Central African Republic

A student in his classroom. Central African Republic. Credit: UNICEF/KIM

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$159,477,155

Grant eligibility:

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

Partnership Compact

Priority: Fair and inclusive basic education supported by qualified teachers and a transformed education system.

Other key documents

Coordinating agency: UNICEF

GPE Team lead: Adria Rakotoarivony

Transforming education in the Central African Republic

Multiple political, economic and security crises over the last decade have created immense challenges for education in Central African Republic: 54% of girls and 33% of boys do not complete basic education, and only 4.7% of children ages 7-14 demonstrate minimum reading competency skills.

The government is working with GPE and other partners to bring about transformative change and ensure that all children have access to quality education and stay in school.

Central African Republic's Partnership Compact aims to establish equitable and inclusive basic education supported by qualified teachers.

The reform includes creating a system for managing teaching resources and strengthening initial and continuous teacher training. Central African Republic will target access and retention of students in school through formal education and non-formal education.

Additionally, institutional capacity to implement the reform will be strengthened by better production and use of data, monitoring and evaluation, and working in partnership with education stakeholders.

Two transversal axes – girls' education and education in emergency situations – are integrated into all measures of the reform.

Result story

Central African Republic: Catch-up classes keep students in school

  • In the Central African Republic, 39% of students drop out of primary school.
  • The GPE-funded remedial education program keeps children in school by providing additional instruction to low-performing students at risk of dropping out to strengthen their reading and math skills.
  • The program takes place during school holidays and will benefit 99,000 students in 480 public primary schools by 2025.


(data as of July 24, 2024)

  • Type: Other

    Years: 2024 - 2030

    Allocation: US$55,950,000

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2024

    Allocation: US$200,000

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2022 - 2024

    Allocation: US$631,660

    Utilization: US$387,186

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2021 - 2025

    Allocation: US$31,600,000

    Utilization: US$11,403,575

    Grant agent: WB

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