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Making education inclusive and practical worldwide

Global Project Education

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2021 to 2025

  • Other Stakeholders

    Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), KfW, Siemens Pakistan, Global Partnership for Education (GPE), United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI)

  • Products and expertise

    Social development

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In many places, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) lacks practice orientation. Companies are rarely involved in vocational training, and so TVET often fails to meet the requirements of businesses.

In addition, 129 million girls and young women worldwide are not in school. Gender-specific barriers often deny them access to education. At the same time, there is a lack of gender-responsive education sector planning in many countries.


Access to practice-oriented TVET in infrastructure projects and gender-responsive education sector planning are improved in selected countries.

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There are two components to the project:


TVET provided in close cooperation with companies teaches trainees important skills for the world of work and equips them to work in their chosen profession. Build4Skills applies this principle and uses the potential of construction projects for practical training.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and African Development Bank (AfDB) are project partners that invest in infrastructure projects which serve as training sites. Build4Skills is involved in training in-company instructors and promotes investments in vocational training to businesses.

In addition, the component supports women in technical professions in partnership with Siemens Pakistan.

BACKUP Education

BACKUP Education supports partner countries of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in applying for funding to reform their education systems. This offer is available to all of the more than 90 GPE partner countries.

BACKUP Education works with GPE to put gender equality at the heart of education and to encourage partners to access additional funding specifically for girls’ education that has been made available as part of the Support Her Education (SHE) initiative launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

In cooperation with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), BACKUP Education promotes training measures for education stakeholders and facilitates supraregional sharing of knowledge and experience.

Last update: August 2023

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Additional information

Project: Skills development for the new world of work through inclusive vocational education and training (

Project: Supporting Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Reform (

Project: Reforming Mongolia’s technical and Vocational Education and Training system (

Project: Introducing dual vocational training in Kenya (

Project: Reforming vocational education and training in Senegal (