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Widening access to education

Children painting in a school in Curitiba, Brazil

Thanks to national and international efforts, considerable progress has been made in recent years regarding access to education. However, it is not yet enough to achieve the internationally agreed target of ensuring high-quality education for all.

Germany is working in many different areas in its partner countries to enable more children and young people to benefit from primary and secondary education.

Improving infrastructure

Building, renovating and expanding schools is a key part of what Germany is doing to promote education in developing countries. Upgrading school facilities and equipment – sanitation, furnishings, blackboards, books and other teaching and learning materials – is also included.

In order to raise the incentive for children to attend school and, if possible, complete their schooling, in many places additional services such as medical care and school meals are being provided. Such services can be a crucial factor in motivating parents to send their children to school, especially among disadvantaged population groups.

Non-formal education

In many developing countries, young people who have been obliged to drop out of secondary school have very little chance of completing their education at a later stage. Germany is committed to creating alternative non-formal education services. The BMZ promotes, inter alia, the development of teaching materials specifically designed for second-chance education and works with its partners to develop teaching concepts and certification procedures.

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