"Students raise their hand at the Anosisoa public school. Madagascar 2016. Credit: GPE/Carine Durand

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$291,961,916

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • System capacity
  • System transformation

Partnership Compact

Priority: support the systemic and sustainable transformation of teaching and learning conditions for a quality and resilient education in Madagascar.

Other key documents

Coordinating agency: UNESCO, USAID

GPE Team lead: Blandine Ledoux

Transforming education in Madagascar

The education sector plan (2018-2022) covers all of the education sector and is based on a national vision. It defines the overall vision of the country for education, which is among the goals of the National Development Plan (2015-2019) and the international objectives for the development of education, particularly, Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4).

The plan is the first for Madagascar that aligns medium- and long-term development goals for the entire education system with three ministries responsible for education and consolidates coherent subsector action plans with a common financial framework.

The plan proposes a strategy aimed in particular at reducing repetition rates by establishing 9 years of basic education (primary and junior secondary school), i.e., 5 years in primary school and 4 years in secondary school, divided into 3 sub-cycles.

The plan, which was prepared after the political crisis, emphasizes strengthening the management and governance of the education system, while proposing responses to disparities in access by having communities construct schools and by improving the intake of children with minor or moderate disabilities into the formal system (goal of 15% in 2022) and children with significant or severe disabilities into specialized institutions (15% in 2022).

To ensure increased monitoring of the education sector plan, the local education group decided to introduce a National Education Sector Support Platform (PNPSE), which above all aims to support the sector implementation of the education sector plan and the establishment of a policy dialogue and coordination instrument aimed at better alignment and greater accountability toward the beneficiaries in the education sector.

Madagascar organizes annual joint sector reviews (at the national and regional levels).

Result story

Cross-country exchanges to improve joint sector reviews

Madagascar’s education joint sector review (JSR) served as the opportunity for representatives from four GPE partner countries to meet and discuss how to improve or organize JSRs for the first time, as a mechanism for better tracking sector plan implementation.


(data as of April 12, 2024)

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2022 - 2026

    Allocation: US$220,000

    Utilization: US$66,563

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2018 - 2025

    Allocation: US$66,400,000

    Utilization: US$43,543,093

    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 Coalition Nationale (CONAMEPT) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).
  • The Multi-Sector Information Service – Tohana sy Ainga ho an’ny Tambazotran’ny Olompirenena (MSIS-TATAO) for the 2021-2023 period.

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