A young girl in class at the Tim Hines school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. August 2017. Credit: GPE/Carolina Valenzuela

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$11,249,476

Grant eligibility:

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

Education sector plan

Objective: Increasing access to quality education, ensuring students finish school and expanding access to children and youth who are out of school, providing education that is pertinent, relevant and efficient.

Other key documents

Coordinating agency: Inter-American Development Bank, UNICEF

GPE Team lead: Katherina Hruskovec Gonzalez

Transforming education in Honduras

The education system in Honduras has four levels: pre-primary (pre-básica), primary and lower secondary (básica), upper secondary (media), and post-secondary (media superior).

Compulsory education includes 13 years, covering the last year of preschool, nine years of primary and lower secondary and three years of upper secondary.

While Honduras has made significant progress in expanding access to primary education, enrollment in other levels of schooling is still lagging. The main challenges are low access to preschool and secondary education as well as weak learning outcomes across the education system, low number of trained teachers and insufficient learning materials.

Honduras' Education sector plan (Plan Estrategico del Sector Educacion), covering the 2018-2030 period, provides a vision of the transformations that the national education system requires by 2030.

The country has improved sector planning and monitoring, but coordination among government institutions in charge of education need to be strengthened.

Civil society groups (e.g.: parents’ and students’ groups and local communities) attempt to engage in sector dialogue but the lack of capacity and clear lines for dialogue with the government impede meaningful contributions to education policy.

There is a well-established development partners group (Mesa Redonda de Cooperantes Externos en Educación), however many donors work independently with the government.

Result story

Combating violence through education in Honduras

Honduras has one of the world's highest crime rates. To break the cycle of violence, the country’s education plan for 2018-2030 calls on promoting inclusive and equitable quality education in support to reach this important goal.


(data as of April 12, 2024)

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2024

    Allocation: US$100,000

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2021 - 2024

    Allocation: US$449,991

    Utilization: US$200,741

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Multiplier

    Years: 2020 - 2025

    Allocation: US$10,000,000

    Utilization: US$833,960

    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 Foro Dakar Honduras for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

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