COVID-19 response

Allocation: US$7 million

Years: 2020-2021

Grant agent: UNICEF

Key documents:

The US$7 million GPE COVID-19 grant supports:

  • Learning continuity for all children at the basic education level through development and dissemination of printed learning contents, radio (with radio sets distributed to the most vulnerable), TV and online, and SMS communication to parents on their children’s learning
  • Ensuring schools’ reopening according to standards that guarantee the protection of students, teachers and school personnel (schools’ disinfection; hand-washing/soap/masks kits; water points installation and rehabilitation; sensitization on disease prevention; guidance on school health and psychosocial support; school meal program, in collaboration with WFP; back-to-school campaign; learning assessment exercise and accelerated learning catch-up courses)
  • Strengthening the system’s response and resilience against crises through better coordination of stakeholders and reinforcing monitoring and reporting of the COVID-19 response
  • Vulnerable children (children living in rural and peri-urban areas, refugee and displaced children, orphans and other vulnerable children) through printed materials and school meals
  • Children with disabilities through learning videos with subtitles and sign language translation, and psychosocial support
  • Girls, with activities to prevent physical, moral and online violence, empowerment through audio-visual support, remedial learning programs for girls without access to distance learning, and WASH activities in schools, including menstrual hygiene and the practice of life skills.

In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Republic of Congo received a GPE grant of US$70,000 to support the Ministry of Education in planning its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Education in the Republic of Congo

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

Some of the challenges that the country 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 still remain based on geographical location or ethnicity.

The 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 through:
    • Quality primary education to equip all children with basic competencies
    • Lower-secondary education for all, with the options of general, technical or vocational studies
    • Technical schools providing an alternative to general studies
    • Expanding pre-primary education opportunities in particular for underprivileged and rural areas
    • Non-formal literacy programs for children who have left school and young adults.
  2. To ensure adequacy between education and the economy's need, through:
    • A high school program to prepare students for higher education and work
    • Technical high schools producing competencies that are relevant to the country’s economy
    • Science education to develop a mathematic and scientific culture
    • Higher education aiming to train a workforce for social and economic development.
  3. To enhance the management of the education sector: two programs (information & steering and management) will ensure the government possesses the tools needed to implement the education strategy.

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.

The coordinating agency for the education sector in the Republic of Congo is UNICEF.

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Development objective:

GPE supported the development of the 2015-2025 education strategy with a grant of US$250,000 in 2014, managed by UNICEF.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent
COVID-19 2020-2022 7,000,000 1,126,062 UNICEF
Sector plan development 2020 233,500 0 UNESCO
2014 247,535 247,535 UNICEF
Program development 2020-2021 199,900 0 UNESCO
  Total 7,680,935 1,373,597  
Data last updated: April 13, 2021

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in the Republic of Congo, and GPE data shows the country progress on 16 indicators monitored in the GPE Results Framework.

Primary completion rate

Lower secondary completion rate

Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age

Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age

Pre-primary gross enrollment rate

Gender parity index for out-of-school rate

Public expenditure on education as share of GDP

Students/trained teacher ratio

Teachers trained

Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.

Last updated May 21, 2020