Basic education and vocational training

Based on its expertise as a thematic leader in the field of skills development in Bangladesh, Swiss development cooperation will support the further implementation of the national policy. Interventions will focus on policy development, provision of market-based short-term training especially for the informal sector, and will focus on innovative vocational training approaches in collaboration with the private sector, also for higher level vocational skills. Considering the high importance of labour migration for Bangladesh, SDC will support measures and policy development aimed at reducing the costs and risks of migration, not least by promoting approaches to provide migrants with the necessary life and vocational skills. The interventions will contribute to and profit from close collaboration with the SDC Global Programme Migration and Development.

The goal of Swiss-funded interventions in the domain of Skills Development is to contribute to the improvement of poor and disadvantaged peoples’ well-being by fostering increased household incomes and employment, women’s economic empowerment, and improved working conditions, choices and life skills. The expected outcomes for this portfolio are:

  • Disadvantaged and poor men and women acquire improved skills
  • Government, private sector and civil society expand and improve skills provision
  • Government, private sector and civil society improve the framework conditions for skills provision

Children in a classroom in Burkina Faso in 2011
Children in a classroom in Burkina Faso in 2011 ©SDC/Nicole Gantenbein

Education means independence, improving chances of finding paid employment and an escape route from poverty. The SDC champions the right to education of the poorest and most disadvantaged, opening the door to their economic, political and social empowerment.

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