Students wearing masks in Guinea-Bissau. Credit: UNICEF Guinea-Bissau

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$23,580,993

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • System capacity
  • System transformation

Education sector plan

Objective: Improve human capital via quality and equitable education to contribute to the country's growth; Reach marginalized groups; Teach students citizenship and peace to improve the country's governance.

Other key documents

Coordinating agency: UNICEF

GPE Team lead: Jennifer Hofmann

Transforming education in Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau's 2011-2013 transitional education plan was endorsed in 2010 and the country organized its first joint sector review in 2014 and two other ones in 2020 and 2022.

The plan could not be fully implemented due to the coup in 2012, when many donors withdrew. However, the country has taken positive steps by planning to organize annual joint sector reviews as part of its new education sector plan monitoring mechanism.

Guinea-Bissau's 2017-2025 education sector plan was endorsed by development partners in 2017. Members of the local education group have strongly mobilized around the GPE model and have provided valuable technical and financial support to the government in the preparation of the sector plan.

Result story

Improving teaching and learning in Guinea-Bissau

  • Sustainable development in Guinea-Bissau relies on the quality of its education, but challenges abound.
  • With support from GPE and the World Bank, the Quality Education for All project aims to address critical challenges in primary education and teacher management.
  • Under the project, a new school curriculum and textbooks were piloted and have been rolled out to 560 schools in five regions of Guinea-Bissau.


(data as of July 24, 2024)

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2024

    Allocation: US$61,332

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2021 - 2025

    Allocation: US$2,800,000

    Utilization: US$999,034

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2018 - 2024

    Allocation: US$4,700,000

    Utilization: US$3,737,437

    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 Rede da Campanha da Educação Para Todos-Guiné-Bissau (RECEPT-GB) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

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