Lack of education perpetuates inequality because poor countries cannot compete economically without a skilled workforce. Annually, we help up to 200,000 people get better access to quality schools, literacy courses, and vocational education and training.
Why education and vocational skills matter
Restricted access to education is one of the main reasons why poverty is passed on from generation to generation. Though enrolment in basic education has been increasing in the last decades, the quality remains low.
Not only does access to quality education boost income prospects, it also increases a person’s chances for a healthy life, promotes peace and encourages gender equality. Basic schooling and professional skills development foster an active civil society, spur innovation and promote long-term economic development.
Anthony Marloa, teacher, Dumbeta village, Arusha region, Tanzania
Helvetas supports vocational schools that teach practical and market-oriented skills to young people in developing countries. In basic education we focus on training teachers, promoting effective teaching methods and helping out-of-school children catch up on learning.
In the past five years, more than 800,000 children, teenagers and adults have attended primary or secondary schools, literacy courses or vocational trainings with the help of Helvetas.