Zambia

Background Information

Region

Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank income group

Lower middle income

Percent of population aged 10-24

34% (UNFPA, 2020)

Total primary school age population (both sexes)

3,564,788 (UIS, 2020)

Total secondary school age population (both sexes)

2,188,961 (UIS, 2020)

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

31%

Source: UNSDG, 2014

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

120

Source: UN Human Development Reports, 2018

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

36%

Source: DHS, 2018

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

58%

Source: DHS, 2018

Education Snapshot Back to Top

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

7

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

No data available

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 73%

  • Male 71%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school age
  • Female 48%

  • Male 54%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school age
  • Female 26%

  • Male 32%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018


Out-of-school rate

Primary school
  • Female 13%

  • Male 18%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Lower secondary school
  • Female 28%

  • Male 20%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Upper secondary school
  • Female 62%

  • Male 45%

Female: UIS, 2018

Male: UIS, 2018

Programs Back to Top

Research Project/Report/Study

Adolescent Girls' Empowerment Program

Project/Program

CAMFED Association

Project/Program

Clean Water Wells

Project/Program

Community Grants Program

Project/Program

Comprehensive scholarship programme

Project/Program

EMPOWER: Increasing Economic And Social Empowerment For Adolescent Girls And Vulnerable Women In Zambia

Project/Program

Education Endures: Room to Read’s Award-winning Literacy and Gender Equality Interventions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Education and Training

Advocacy Campaign/Project

Enough

Project/Program

Food for Education

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Gender Equity/Education Funding

Project/Program

Gender-Responsive Pedagogy

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Girl Child Education Fund

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Girl's Education and Women's Empowerment and Livelihood Project

Project/Program

Girls Education and Women Empowerment Livelihoods Project - Zambia

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Girls' Education Challenge

Project/Program

Girls' Education Challenge Transition (GEC-T)

Project/Program

Girls' Education Program (Room to Read)

Research Project/Report/Study

GirlsRead! Zambia

Project/Program

Grassroot Soccer Curriculum

Research Project/Report/Study

Impact of Bicycles on Girls' Education and Empowerment Outcomes in Zambia

Project/Program

Leading Community Action for Vulnerable Girls: Young African women at the forefront of COVID-19

Research Project/Report/Study

Saving During Pregnancy in Zambia

Project/Program

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Project/Program

Secondary School Bursaries

Project/Program

Supporting Early Childhood Development Systems - Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia

Research Project/Report/Study

Tackling School-Related Gender-Based Violence

Project/Program

Technology to Enhance Access to Education & Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights - Zambia

Research Project/Report/Study

The Effect of COVID-19 on Education in Africa and its Implications for the Use of Technology: A Survey of the Experiences and Opinions of Educators and Technology Specialists

Project/Program

Youth Enterprise

Research Project/Report/Study

Youth Think Tank

Funding Initiative/Portfolio

Zambia Rises to Meet the Education Challenges Posed by the Coronavirus

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