Education Notes is a series produced by the World Bank to share lessons learned from innovative approaches to improving education practice and policy around the globe. Background work for this piece was done in partnership, with support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Guinea is one of the few countries
world-wide to have sustained over an entire decade the
primary school enrollment rate increases necessary to
achieve the key Dakar education-for-all goals without
degradation of quality. Gross enrollment rate increased
almost 10% annually from 1991-2001, with girls'
enrollment increasing at 12% annually each year. Gross
primary enrollments increased from 28% to 61% over this
ten-year period, in spite of a weak macroeconomic
environment. The Guinea case, then, provides guidance on how
resource-poor countries can plan and follow a steady course
toward Universal Primary Education through policy change and
hard work, even where conditions, on the surface, are not