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Education is a human right and the key to sustainable development. That is why GIZ supports the development of effective education systems in its partner countries.

Social progress, social cohesion, economic growth, functioning democratic structures – education is an important basis for all of this. This has been confirmed by numerous studies, such as those conducted by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Education therefore plays a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Basic skills such as reading, writing, arithmetic, critical thinking and problem-solving are fundamental prerequisites for ensuring a decent life. Far beyond the realisation of individual life plans, high-quality and inclusive education has a decisive impact on the social development and economic strength of countries and regions. Locations with well- qualified experts and managers as well excellent universities and research institutions are attractive for business and attract investors. In addition, education strengthens democratic values, human rights, social commitment and ecological awareness. It therefore forms the basis for peaceful coexistence based on mutual respect. Last but not least, better educated women usually opt for smaller families. A higher higher level of education and lower population growth rates can boost development in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa.

In many developing countries, there are not enough good educational opportunities. The situation is particularly difficult for people living in war and crisis zones and refugees, who are often completely cut off from education. Children who grow up without attending school are at risk of becoming a ‘lost generation’. Education is therefore particularly important in regions affected by violence, conflict and instability. Here educational projects can reduce conflict, restore stability and support reconstruction.

Due to its great importance, education isa a priority of GIZ`s work. On behalf of the German Government and other public and private clients, GIZ supports partner countries in setting up functioning educational systems. It advises on developing education strategies and standards, and on effective and efficient education and school management. It promotes the initial and further training of teachers with good technical and pedagogical qualifications to become qualified both in their particular subject and in pedagogy, and advises on the production and use of high-quality teaching and learning materials as well as on developing practice-oriented curricula. The aim of all these measures is to provide high-quality and pedagogically demanding educational opportunities.

Youth promotion and the development of needs-based extracurricular learning opportunities also create additional participation opportunities for young women and men, and offer opportunities for adult education, supplementary education or other forms of continuing education – particularly for people from marginalised population groups.


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BACKUP Initiative supports African partner countries to implement digital solutions in education.