Education in the Solomon Islands

Students in Solomon Islands. Credit: World Bank East Asia and Pacific Region

Partner since:

Total grant support: US$18,337,039

Grant eligibility:

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

Partnership Compact

Priority: Strengthen and reform the foundations for improved quality teaching and learning, incorporating a gender equality and inclusion lens.

Other key documents

Coordinating agency: New Zealand High Commission, Asian Development Bank

GPE Team lead: Daisuke Kanazawa

Transforming education in the Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands national assessment data from 2017 shows 69% of students at or above the expected level for literacy and 71% for numeracy, but results vary significantly across provinces and school types. And while primary education enrollment is high, fewer students participate in lower secondary, and most leave school before senior secondary.

The government is working with GPE and other partners to establish foundations for improved quality teaching and learning with gender equality and inclusion.

The Solomon Islands Partnership Compact presents a roadmap to ensure all children have the opportunity to complete a relevant education that builds life skills. Components of the reform include better teacher management by improving data, recruitment, performance monitoring and career pathways.

Training aims to equip teachers with effective literacy, numeracy and learner-centered teaching strategies, and support them to use assessments for learning. Updated teaching and learning materials will strengthen implementation of the new curriculum.

An emphasis on inclusive education is expected to generate new data on gender and disability to inform policy planning and implementation.


(data as of July 16, 2024)

  • Type: System capacity

    Years: 2024 - 2027

    Allocation: US$1,478,483

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2024

    Allocation: US$200,000

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2021 - 2025

    Allocation: US$14,997,510

    Utilization: US$2,283,021

    Grant agent: ADB

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 for Education Solomon Islands (COESI) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

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