Education for all

Schoolgirls at the German International School in Indonesia

Background: Education - A human right

Education is a human right and the foundation for developing one's cultural identity – as an individual and as a society. Education is essential for reducing global poverty and enabling people to live together in peace. Every child has the right to an education and every individual is entitled to be able to satisfy his or her basic learning needs – through lifelong learning. more

Promoting education – a priority area of German development policy

Promoting education is a priority area of German development policy. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goal 4 on education constitute the international framework for the activities of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in the education sector. The BMZ played an active part in shaping the Education 2030 Framework for Action. The Ministry is supporting its implementation both at the global level and in its partner countries. more

Basic education

Poverty and educational deprivation are closely linked: a lack of educational is one of the main causes of material impoverishment. And poor people who have not received an education often pass on their poverty to the next generation. A couple of years of kindergarten and primary school, however, are not enough to prepare someone to lead a self-determined life and enter the labour market. The BMZ therefore promotes basic and secondary education within a holistic approach. more

Vocational education and training: Well-qualified specialists for sustainable development

Vocational training is the cornerstone of sustainable economic development. But it is more than that, vocational education and training are an important part of people's personal development. By providing a secure livelihood and giving people confidence in their own abilities, vocational training gives people self-assurance to play their part in society. more

Higher education and science: Training tomorrow's leaders, strengthening scientific expertise on the ground

Education, science and research are essential for a country's social and economic development. In the globalisation process, knowledge is increasingly becoming a crucial advantage in international competition – the need for well-trained specialists and executives in developing and emerging countries is growing steadily. This requires improved access to tertiary education for all population groups and the development of top-quality institutions of higher education and research. more

Documents and links

Here you can find a selection of links to documents and websites providing further information on education issues. more

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