School girls in the Republic of Congo. Credit: UNICEF/Congo/Dejongh/2019

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$18,583,015

Grant eligibility:

  • Multiplier
  • System capacity
  • System transformation

Education sector plan

Objective: Give all children a 10-year basic education; ensure adequacy between education and the economy's need and enhance sector management.

Other key documents

Transforming education in the Republic of Congo

The Republic of Congo intends to use education as a key lever for development to ensure its economy is well integrated in the global economy. Education is seen as a way to produce a well-trained and qualified workforce.

Some of the challenges that the Republic of Congo faces in the education sector are the under-development of pre-primary opportunities, as well as high repetition rates and large numbers of students per class in primary schools. Moreover, the quality of primary education is inadequate.

Only 60% of children attend secondary school, and higher or vocational education need to be enhanced to better respond to market needs. Moreover, large inequalities remain based on geographical location or ethnicity.

The country's education sector strategy 2015-2025 was developed with the full participation of key stakeholders under the leadership of the 3 ministries in charge of education. The three main axes of the strategy and related objectives are:

  1. To give all children a 10-year basic education
  2. To ensure adequacy between education and the economy's need
  3. To enhance the management of the education sector.

The Republic of Congo intends to increase its funding to education up to 20% of the country’s budget for recurrent expenditures, provided the country’s oil revenues continue to grow.

Result story

Republic of Congo: Educational television and radio lessons enhance learning

Read how the Republic of Congo broadcast lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure educational continuity and strengthened the resilience of its education sector.


(data as of June 18, 2024)

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2024

    Allocation: US$202,080

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: UNESCO

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2021 - 2025

    Allocation: US$10,700,000

    Utilization: US$6,437,492

    Grant agent: UNESCO

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