COVID-19 response

Allocation: US$7 million

Years: 2020-2021

Grant agent: World Bank

Key documents:

The US$7 million COVID-19 grant supports:

  • education continuity by supporting distance learning and providing support to teachers, parents and caregivers (through TV and radio learning contents, online/offline platforms; teacher training; printed materials; communication campaigns for parents to support children’s learning at home and for sensitization on gender-related issues)
  • safe re-opening and re-entry to schools through WASH support for students and teachers (hand-washing devices; masks; school disinfections; codes of conduct for disease prevention; disease prevention campaigns through radio)
  • provision of salary subsidies for volunteer teachers
  • remedial programs for at-risk students and back-to-school campaigns (radio, TV, printed materials)
  • A distance learning approach to accommodate students with disabilities so that lessons broadcasted via television have sign language, and braille printed materials are distributed to students with impaired vision
  • Girls with targeted back-to-school campaigns, including sensitization programs on early marriage, gender-based violence, early pregnancies and the importance of continuing to learn.

In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Togo received a GPE grant of US$70,000 to support the Ministry of Education with planning its response to the pandemic. The grant is used to:

  • procure computers and other equipment for the ministry’s crisis management team
  • conduct a rapid risk analysis
  • support the design and broadcast of distance learning content aligned to the national curriculum.

Education in Togo

While crises in Togo have hindered education progress, the government has continued to commit to developing effective education strategies. The progress of Togo’s education system entails addressing several challenges. These include low access and equity issues in deprived and rural areas, low secondary schooling completion rates, and low literacy program coverage.

The government’s education strategy 2014-2025 focuses on four key strategies: (i) develop a quality basic education to achieve universal primary education by 2022, (ii) extend preschool coverage in rural and poorer environment, (iii) develop the second cycle of quality secondary, technical, vocational, and higher education courses, and (iv) reduce the illiteracy rate.

The plan spells out four objectives to achieve these strategies:

  • Correcting national disparities through attaining universal primary education, increasing completion rates at the primary and junior high levels, and developing a second cycle of secondary education, technical and vocational training, and higher education that aligns with job market needs,
  • Improving the effectiveness and quality of education services by improving internal efficiency,
  • Developing effective partnerships by opening up dialogue with civil society, involving unions and communities in the decision-making process, and increasing parent participation in school management.
  • Improving the management and governance of the education system by implementing a reliable information system, decentralizing management, and increasing accountability and transparency.

Togo’s education sector plan outlines several guiding principles underlying the chosen actions. These include reducing disparities and inequity, stimulating demand, liberalizing provision of education, and promoting a culture of excellence.

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Development objective: Improve the quality of teaching and learning in early grades of primary schools and strengthen access and equity in primary schools particularly in deprived prefectures.
Allocation: US$27,800,000
Years: 2015-2019
Grant agent: WB
Disbursements: US$27,161,496

In June 2014, GPE approved a grant of US$27.8 million for Togo. This grant aims to improve the quality of pre-primary and primary education, and increase access and equity in primary education.

The three components of the grant are:

  • Improving the quality of pre-primary and primary education through new curricula and textbooks, teacher training, and school and research grants,
  • Strengthening access and equity in primary education through school construction and equipment, promoting girls’ schooling, and provision of uniforms and sanitary kits,
  • Strengthening education service delivery through capacity building of school management committees and the Education ministry.

The ministry of primary and secondary education leads the program with the World Bank as the grant agent and UNICEF as the coordinating agency.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
COVID-19 2020-2021 7,000,000 0 WB  
Program implementation 2015-2019 27,800,000 27,161,496 WB Progress report
2010-2014 44,898,450 44,898,450 WB Completion report
Sector plan development 2018-2020 499,825 499,825 UNICEF  
2013-2014 239,004 239,004 UNICEF  
Program development 2020-2021 200,000 0 WB  
2013-2014 186,255 186,255 WB  
  Total 80,823,534 72,985,030    
Data last updated: March 15, 2021

GPE has also provided the Togolese National Coalition for Education for All (CNT/EPT) with a grant from the Civil Society Education Fund, to support its engagement in education sector policy dialogue and citizens’ voice in education quality, equity, and financing and sector reform.

Education sector progress

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Togo, 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 July 06, 2020