Access to education in Grenada was inequitable with transition rates to secondary education in the three underserved parishes averaging 51 percent. The quality of secondary education was deficient, teachers’ qualifications were poor, and instructional materials were not sufficient to support student-centered learning approaches. Some secondary schools were overcrowded. Student violence in schools contributed to high dropout rates.
The project supported the priorities identified in the Strategic Plan for Education and Development, which sought to achieve universal secondary coverage. The plan focused on improving the quality of learning, in particular in the areas of literacy and numeracy. It also concentrated on school improvement through construction and rehabilitation of education infrastructure following Hurricane Ivan, as well as student-led school improvement projects.