Where we work
Many developing countries grapple with high illiteracy, the performance of the vocational training and education sector and high unemployment. Helvetas supports access to quality basic education for children and to vocational skills training for young women and men.
Education is a key factor for improved access to employment and income. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 therefore focuses on access to quality education. More than 90% of children in developing countries are enrolled in primary school, but the quality of basic education is often low.
Access to vocational training and the world of work are just as important. SDG 8 links skills development to jobs and economic growth. One out of seven youth is unemployed. Ensuring that young people have access to high-quality, professional education is an indispensable element of poverty eradication. Young people with career prospects are less prone to commit violence.
Helvetas helps to improve access to and quality of basic education through teacher training and second chance programs for out-of-school children.
Helvetas supports demand-oriented, practical vocational skills training that leads to gainful self-employment or wage employment and improved livelihoods of disadvantaged youth.
Our multilingual advisory team offers wide-ranging thematic expertise and has in-depth experience in navigating complex processes. Helvetas’ work builds on over 60 years of experience in more than 30 countries.
Helvetas develops and guides projects. To be sustainable, they must be locally embedded. We support our partners in effectively organizing projects and processes and assist local authorities to better assume their responsibilities.
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