Education in Guinea | Global Partnership for Education



In March 2017, the Global Partnership for Education Secretariat approved US$219,401 for Guinea to conduct an education sector analysis.
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Education in Guinea

Guinea’s Strategic Poverty Reduction Document, the DSRP, identifies education and training as a priority sector and defines four national priorities for education:

  • Continuing to work towards achieving universal primary education and expanding basic education, while reducing disparities.
  • Improving the quality and relevance of teaching and learning at all levels.
  • Developing better programs and training at technical, vocational, and higher education levels in line with national economic needs.
  • Strengthening governance in the education sector by improving the efficiency of the system’s management and reinforcing the decentralization process.

Guinea has made considerable progress in recent years, particularly in increasing access to education. The education sector still faces many challenges related to coverage, efficiency, quality, and equity.

The General Education Strategic Plan (GESP) outlines numerous objectives related to access, quality, relevance, and governance. These include:

  1. Expand pre-school coverage and reduce disparities between rural and urban areas.
  2. Accelerate access and improve retention through school construction, teacher recruitment, and payment restructuring in difficult areas.
  3. Increase school demand through establishing canteens, distributing school supply kits, and social mobilization campaigns.
  4. Encourage girls’ enrollment and retention through creating associations of mothers and mentors, and providing training on the benefits of schooling.
  5. Develop inclusive schools for handicapped children to promote access through disability mapping.
  6. Improve access to college and increase the transition rate from primary to college for all children.
  7. Develop access to technical education and training that meets the skilled labor needs for the nation’s development.
  8. Invest in the creation and rehabilitation of schools for public training.
  9. Develop public-private partnerships for managing training institutions and modernize learning.
  10. Accommodate growing enrollment in higher education through restructuring the academics of major institutions, rehabilitating and extending existing infrastructure, revitalizing distance education, and promoting incentives to increase female access to scientific and technical studies.


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent
Program implementation 2015-2018 37,800,000 6,805,859 IBRD
2010-2014 24,000,000 24,000,000 UNICEF
2008-2014 40,000,000 40,000,000 IBRD
Sector plan development 2012 250,000 241,360 IBRD
Program development 2014 150,000 136,539 IBRD
  TOTAL 102,200,000 71,183,758  


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.


Primary Gross Enrollment Rate (%)

Primary Completion Rate (%)

Lower Secondary Completion Rate (%)

Out-of-school Children Rate (%)

Domestic Financing

Public Expenditure on Education as Share of GDP (%)

Public Expenditure on Education as a Share of Public Expenditure (%)

Public Expenditure on Primary as a Share of Total Education Expenditure (%)


Student/Teacher Ratio

Teachers Trained (%)

GPE in Guinea

Girls in a classroom in Conakry, Guinea. Credit: GPE/ Tabassy Baro

The latest GPE-funded program in Guinea focuses on improving access and learning in basic education for under-served populations, and strengthening evidence-based management.

The three components of the US$37.8 million grant are:

  1. Improve coverage and equity in access to basic education for in school and out of school children through providing new classrooms, latrines, wells, and furniture, as well as supporting the roll-out of new functional literacy campaigns.
  2. Improve the quality of teaching and learning conditions at the primary and lower secondary levels through teacher training and pedagogical support, providing teaching and learning materials, and improving decentralized and school-based management.
  3. Enhance the governance and management of the education sector through monitoring and evaluation to support an evidence-based approach to policy and strategy design.

The Ministry of Education leads the program with the World Bank as grant agent and UNICEF as coordinating agency.

Source: World Bank project appraisal document, July 2015 and restructuring paper, March 2016


The first GPE grant to Guinea contributed to progress in the education sector through the following outcomes:

  • Increasing the gross enrollment rate for nine targeted prefectures by 10 percentage points, from 47% in 2011 to 57% in 2014.
  • Developing and implementing a learning assessment system at the primary level.
  • Building or rehabilitating 1,698 additional classrooms at the primary level .
  • Increasing the girls’ examination success rate for 7th grade entrance in 100 targeted schools from 49% in 2011 to 71% in 2014.
  • Ensuring that 79% of schools were implementing a reading assessment in 2014.

Source: World Bank Implementation Status Report - December 2014

Last updated December 21, 2016