Education and youth

Does education boost economic growth? Can education and sport help prevent conflict situations? And do youth work and education encourage democracy? The answer to all these questions is yes! Well educated individuals drive sustainable economic growth and social development, and education is vitally important in combatting poverty. Successful youth and sports initiatives boost social and political participation, too, and encourage peaceful coexistence. And in a globally competitive world, having well-educated experts and leaders enhances a country’s attractiveness as a centre for business and innovation.

On behalf of the German Federal Government and other public and private clients GIZ supports governments in designing effective education systems at all levels. It is helping to reform education, youth and sports policy in more than 80 countries around the world, supporting innovation through policy advice or practical initiatives to improve the quality of education provided by schools and universities. Read more about GIZ’s wide range of services and areas of work here:

Examples of our work

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Inclusive Education

The core objectives of ‘inclusive education’ are equality and partaking in high-quality education which is free from discrimination and accessible to all children and young people.

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Education quality

For more than 40 years, GIZ has been supporting complex educational reforms in its partner countries with the aim of improving the quality and effectiveness of their entire education system. Quality standards vary from country to country, reflecting the cultural context, so there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to improving the quality of education.

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Higher education and science

Qualified and responsible personnel are essential for the future and sustainable development of their countries. GIZ uses strategic partnerships with scientific institutions and knowledge networks to develop...

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Education and conflict

Many of the education projects implemented by GIZ operate in situations characterised by armed conflict, extreme political instability, organised crime, corruption, and marginalisation of population groups. This kind of environment calls for innovative approaches to effective and sustainable education promotion.

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Empowering children and young people

Young people represent enormous potential in terms of their country’s development, something that should be promoted and strengthened. Working on behalf of the German Government, GIZ therefore supports the partner countries of German international cooperation in opening up prospects for young people and getting them involved in forward-looking projects and initiatives to shape a sustainable future.

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Green Education

Education for Sustainable Development increases awareness of the links between environmental, economic and social development and lays the foundation for responsible behaviour. In this context, ‘green education’ specifically promotes environmentally sustainable behaviour.

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Sport for Development

Sport can make a major contribution to promoting and educating children and young people: it teaches them about fairness and tolerance, boosts their self-esteem and self-confidence, and develops their ability to take on responsibility. Sport for Development also crosscuts with initiatives in health promotion, prevention of violence, hygiene, gender equality, social inclusion and even environmental topics.

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German BACKUP Initiative Education in Africa

BACKUP stands for Building Alliances, Creating Knowledge and Updating Partners. It is supporting African countries to attract increased international funding for educational means.

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