Making education inclusive and practical worldwide

Project description

Title: Global Project Education
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)​​​​​​​
Country: Pakistan, Mongolia, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and supraregional​​​​​​​
Partners: Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), KfW, Siemens Pakistan, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)​​​​​​​
Lead executing agency: Mongolia: Ministry for Labour and Social Protection (MLSP), Pakistan: National Vocational & Technical Training Commission
Overall term: 2021 to 2025


The most important resources of any country are its people. Education plays a major role in harnessing this potential.

In many countries, however, there is no gender-equal education system. Worldwide, 129 million girls and young women of school age are not in school.


In addition, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is not able to meet needs in many places. Curricula, testing standards and funding are often the sole responsibility of the state. What is important here is private sector involvement, which will allow training to meet the requirements of the economy. This is where the construction industry comes in – as an important global training and employment market it has great TVET potential.


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



There are two components to the programme: Build4Skills and BACKUP Education.


TVET ‘made in Germany’ is an internationally recognised brand. A central aspect is the proximity to the company as trainees learn important skills for the world of work. Build4Skills applies this principle in the participating countries.

Programme partners include the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB). Both invest in large construction projects that serve as training sites for the programme.

Build4Skills, Siemens Pakistan and the Pakistani vocational school AMANTECH are working together to promote girls and women in the infrastructure industry. Training includes an internship at Siemens in Karachi.

BACKUP Education

In this component, the programme supports countries in applying for Global Partnership for Education (GPE) funding for gender-equitable basic education. In collaboration with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), the programme is developing a catalogue of criteria for gender-sensitive education planning. This is to be used when countries apply for GPE’s Girls’ Education Accelerator.

Last update: August 2022

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