Mauritania

Background Information

Region

Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank income group

Lower middle income

Percent of population aged 10-24

33% (UNFPA, 2023)

Total primary school age population (both sexes)

766,744 (UIS, 2022)

Total secondary school age population (both sexes)

773,698 (UIS, 2022)

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

37%

Source: UNSDG , 2021

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

90

Source: UN Human Development Reports , 2019

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

10%

Source: DHS , 2021

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

24%

Source: DHS , 2021

Education Snapshot Back to Top

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

13

Source: UIS , 2022

Percentage of upper secondary schools providing life skills-based HIV and sexuality education within the formal curriculum or as part of extra-curricular activities Percentage of schools

0%

Source: UNESCO , 2019

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

  • Primary 28%

    (2019)

  • Lower secondary 32%

    (2018)

  • Upper secondary 46%

    (2018)

Source: UIS

Women as a percentage of teachers in tertiary education

No data available

Men as a percentage of teachers in pre-primary education

No data available

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

Source: UIS , 2022

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

Experiencing bullying in the last 12 months in lower secondary education

  • Female 46%

  • Male 48%

Female: UNESCO, 2010

Male: UNESCO, 2010

Youth not in education, employment or training

  • Female 45%

  • Male 23%

Female: ILO, 2017

Male: ILO, 2017


Completion rate

Primary school age
  • Female 58%

  • Male 68%

Female: UIS, 2015

Male: UIS, 2015

Lower secondary school age
  • Female 40%

  • Male 54%

Female: UIS, 2015

Male: UIS, 2015

Upper secondary school age
  • Female 23%

  • Male 31%

Female: UIS, 2015

Male: UIS, 2015


Out-of-school rate

Primary school
  • Female 41%

  • Male 44%

Female: UIS, 2015

Male: UIS, 2015

Lower secondary school
  • Female 39%

  • Male 40%

Female: UIS, 2015

Male: UIS, 2015

Upper secondary school
  • Female 60%

  • Male 56%

Female: UIS, 2015

Male: UIS, 2015

Legal Frameworks Back to Top

Presence of legislation on child protection, to prevent corporal punishment in schools

3

Limited protection from violence in educational institutions

Source: HerAtlas , 2022

Presence of legislation protecting the right to education without discrimination based on sex/gender

1

Does not enshrine right to education

Source: HerAtlas , 2022

Presence of legislation to protect and facilitate education of pregnant adolescent girls

5

Protection of the right to education of pregnant and/or parenting girls

Source: HerAtlas , 2022

Existence of processes to support coordinated action on gender equality in and through education by ministries, civil society, youth organizations and other actors

Data coming soon!

Existence of systematic processes to review and update curricula and learning resources, with a view to eradicating gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality

Data coming soon!

Training on gender-responsive pedagogies is embedded in teacher training programmes

Data coming soon!


Programs Back to Top

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Government Programs Back to Top

Transforming Education Summit National Statement of Commitment Back to Top