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German development policy

Quality education for all children and young people

A girl at school in Saint Sauveur refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic

There are about 61 million children worldwide – more than half of them girls – who do not attend primary school because they have to work or because their families cannot pay their school fees or because they have disabilities.S

The right to access to quality education for girls and boys regardless of their origin or social status is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In order to ensure that all children have access to education, inclusive education systems must be established in the developing countries. The fourth development goal of the 2030 Agenda (SDG 4) calls for equal access to education for all children and young people (from early childhood development to vocational education).

The BMZ’s education strategy

Preschool children at the German school in Erbil, Iraq

The BMZ’s 2015 education strategy sets out the Ministry’s plans to expand German activities in the education sector and create equal opportunities for access to quality education. In addition to basic education, the holistic approach of lifelong learning that Germany is following also includes early childhood education, secondary and tertiary education, and also vocational training and non-formal education. Non-formal educational programmes are supported, too, along with programmes in areas affected by fragility and conflict, especially in the context of displacement.


In future, with its new education strategy, the BMZ will focus even more on creating more equal opportunities and improving the quality of the education that is available. This will be done in a variety of ways:

  • promoting key education issues sector-wide, for example initial and in-service training of teachers, education governance and inclusion
  • an education drive in weak and fragile states
  • guaranteeing basic education in all its forms
  • expanding vocational training
  • strengthening higher education and research
  • supporting non-formal education
  • using the opportunities of the digital transformation in order to improve access to and the quality of education
  • benefiting from synergy with other sectors

Further related information can be found here.


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