Gambia, The

Background Information

Region

Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank income group

Low income

Percent of population aged 10-24

32% (UNFPA, 2020)

Total primary school age population (both sexes)

379,669 (UIS, 2020)

Total secondary school age population (both sexes)

313,346 (UIS, 2020)

Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 18 (% of women aged 20-24)

30%

Source: UNSDG, 2013

Adolescent birth rate (per 1,000 women ages 15-19)

78

Source: UN Human Development Reports, 2018

Percentage of women who ever experienced physical violence since age 15 (% of women 15-49)

41%

Source: DHS, 2013

Percentage of married women employed in the last 12 months (% of married or in-union women 15-49)

59%

Source: DHS, 2013

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Number of years of free primary and secondary education guaranteed in legal frameworks (Years)

9

Source: UIS, 2019

Expenditure on education as a percentage of total government expenditure % GDP spent on education

Source: UIS, 2018

Proportion of schools with access to single-sex basic sanitation facilities

  • Primary 84%

    (2018)

  • Lower secondary 86%

    (2017)

  • Upper secondary 66%

    (2018)

Source: UIS

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in reading

No data available

Proportion of students at the end of primary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in mathematics

No data available

Completion rate

Primary school age
  • Female 69%

  • Male 61%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school age
  • Female 48%

  • Male 43%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school age
  • Female 25%

  • Male 28%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018


Out-of-school rate

Primary school
  • Female 16%

  • Male 21%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school
  • Female 22%

  • Male 31%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school
  • Female 42%

  • Male 42%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

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