Vivamos Mejor, Zurich

During the civil war, many children and young adults and their families had to flee from rural areas to Colombia’s main city, Bogotà. There, the young people scratch a living for themselves and for their families by occasional jobs - an education or a secure job is out of their reach. This project supports children from marginalized families by offering them an officially recognized vocational education. After the completion of the programme, the participants are given a secure workplace with a guaranteed minimum wage and social benefits which helps them to gain a foothold in the working world.


Brücke Le Pont, Fribourg

Countless young people live in the outskirts of Tegucigalpa (Honduras) with no prospects for a secure workplace or a regular income. They are insufficiently educated and have no possibility to learn a profession. To address this issue, the project offers short-term vocational trainings in various sectors with the goal to enable marginalized young people to complete a apprenticeship which is in demand on the labour market. In addition to the expertise, the courses also teach the participants social- and self-competences with the ultimate goal of a successful integration into the working world.


Emma Arnold - Stiftung Hoffnungsbaum, Altdorf

The project’s aim is to support the school «Institución Educativa Técnica Ecológica Emma Cecilia Arnold» in El Carmen de Bolivar, Columbia. The school supports kids from kindergarten to primary school and college and gives them the opportunity for a two-year vocational training. The majority of the children is particularly vulnerable, for example as victims of armed conflicts or due to learning difficulties.


Terre des Hommes, Lausanne

The pilot project has the aim to develop an internationally recognised certificate (CAS) on the juvenile criminal law as an e-learning course. The long-term goal is to support personnel working with youth crime so that they are better equipped and can acquire the necessary knowledge.


Swisscontact, Zurich

The project emphasises the importance of local skills development of young people in Uganda, Africa. Unemployed youths can participate in modular, needs-oriented professional education programme which allows them improve their and their families financial situation. Furthermore, the project provides better access to financial services and financial products in order to further improve the financial situation.


Asian University for Women Support Foundation, Cambridge (USA)

The Asian University for Women has the aim to build the next generation of leaders by educating women across Asia and preparing them for careers in leadership and public service. This project consists of a sponsorship of 10 scholarships for women who are the first in their families to enter university. The scholarships allow the Asian University for Women to provide the women with the academic, professional and financial support they need in order to grow into strong leaders in their chosen fields.


Plan International Schweiz, Zurich

This project has the aim to foster the access to qualitative education, to improve the school teaching and the class rooms as well as to improve the inclusion of disadvantaged children, e.g. Dalit children and girls in Nepal. The project wants to achieve that children between 3 and 8 years of age can attend school and preschool and to avoid early withdrawals.


Pragaya, Gurgaon (India)

The aim of this project is to improve the girls’ participation in education and to reduce discrimination and violence against girls in family and community. The project will improve girls’ participation and accomplishment in education as well as their life chances and the quality of their lives in general. By increasing the girls’ independence and confidence and by addressing socio-cultural gender inequities, the project will create a favorable environment for girls’ education and reduce discriminatory practices such as child marriage or child labor.


EcoSolidar, Basel

This project is active in Kampong Cham, Cambodia. It supports over 900 children and youths who come from very poor families, who are orphans or who are socially vulnerable. The support is provided at school, in art and music as well as in vocational education. Awarding scholarships to poor families enables the children to go to school, special courses teach the young people English and dance and vocational training educates them in the fields of mechanics, gastronomy, hotel industry, agriculture, beauty care or hairdressing. By completing a vocational education, the participants can ensure their future livelihood.


Krousar Thmey, Lausanne

This project promotes quality education and inclusion for visually or hearing impaired children in Cambodia. This aim will be achieved by offering a comprehensive curriculum specially designed for children with special needs in order to enable them to become an integral part of society. A tailored education model together with the necessary tools such as Braille and Khmer sign language, adapted textbooks and training of specialized teachers, provides the children the best possible support throughout their studies. Ultimately, the project enhances the socio-economic inclusion of visually and hearing impaired children thanks to a comprehensive education curriculum and support from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 and from there towards joining vocational training and even university.


Association Room to Read, Zurich

The project aims to improve the reading skills of primary school children in Laos. It addresses children from high-need communities where they are at risk of dropping out of school, not having access to high quality resources or experiencing gender discrimination. 


Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi, Trogen

This project has the aim to provide equal opportunities for children from ethnic minorities in Laos. The country has a vast ethnic diversity with 49 ethnics and over 80 different languages. The national standard curriculum is not adapted to the local needs which leads to a disadvantageous position for children from ethnic minorities. They do not have the same opportunities to access universities or higher education, to find a job or to life up to their potential. This project considers the ethnic and linguistic diversity in order to enable equality of opportunity.   


University of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa)

Many students in South Africa do not have the financial capacity to continue tertiary studies following their undergraduate program. Therefore, bursary programs ensure greater access for talented youth to pursue their studies. This project focuses on bursary opportunities for students who seek careers in the area of Health Sciences.


Salesian Life Choices, Cape Town (South Africa)

This project is a four-year intervention (Grade 11, 12 and post-matric) that aims to assist young people to enter college and university by supporting learners to improve academic performance through academic tutoring, study methodology techniques and education in emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, motivation, empathy and social management). The final objective is to to mould a generation of young leaders from developing communities to become influential decision makers for a greater South Africa.


TSiBA Education, Cape Town (South Africa)

TSiBA is a private, not-for-profit business school which serves approximately 500 students at two campuses. The students are disadvantaged South Africans who, for academic and financial reasons, are otherwise unable to access tertiary education. The aim is to enable talented school leavers from poor backgrounds to climb above the social circumstances in which they were raised and to graduate entrepreneurial leaders. The Green Leaves Education Foundation supports TSiBA by granting scholarships and living allowances for the students.


University of Basel (Centre for African Studies), Basel

The project develops and implements innovative forms of international collaboration in teaching among universities from the global South and North. This takes place in the form of summer or winter schools focusing on socio-economic changes in rural and semi-urban areas in Namibia and Switzerland with participants from both countries. The project offers a unique experience of intercultural learning and has the overall goal to serve as a model South-North Cooperation in learning and teaching at universities.


elea Foundation, Zurich

The aim of the project is to fight against poverty in developing countries. It fosters entrepreneurial skills in order to give the people sustainable access to the advantages and possibilities that globalisation offers.

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