Universal right to basic education

Acquiring basic knowledge and skills is vital for each individual to make choices, exercise their rights as citizens and participate in society and in professional life. The SDC works to ensure that every individual has access to quality education and can thus exercise their right to education.

Focus of the SDC's activities

The SDC is committed to ensuring that everyone – starting with children and young people – can exercise their right to basic education. Basic education means not only being able read, write and do simple arithmetic but also to understand the world in which one lives. Education furthers personal independence, enhances well-being and promotes citizenship.

The SDC supports the principle of equitable access to education for all, in particular for vulnerable groups such as children and young people who are excluded from the school system, women, and rural or nomadic populations. Ensuring equal opportunities requires developing innovative and effective education systems which are tailored to the needs of children and young people in order to include the largest possible number.

In partnership with national and local authorities, the SDC facilitates the development of decentralised educational systems which are closer to local communities. In several countries, it is improving quality compulsory schooling. It also helps set up educational alternatives to the formal school system (e.g. mobile schools and teaching offered in national languages) and supports bridging programmes that allow students to return to the formal school system at every stage of their education.

Last, the SDC advocates integrating basic education modules into vocational skills development programmes (e.g. literacy classes) or into projects in other sectors (e.g. health, water, agriculture, climate change, protection, governance).

The quality teaching is always of crucial importance because access to education is no guarantee that pupils will actually leave school having learned what was on the curriculum. The SDC therefore works with a wide range of partners to improve the management and performance of education systems.

At the international level, the SDC funds and plays a key role in guiding the activities of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a central platform to secure funding and facilitate dialogue among donors, partner countries, the private sector and civil society, which supports the education systems of some 60 countries around the world.

Background

The education sector faces many challenges. In 2017 some 263 million children and young people worldwide are out of school. Many children do not complete primary school, or the quality of teaching is so poor that they learn next to nothing. Despite the progress made in recent decades, in developing countries one young person in four remains illiterate. In sub-Saharan Africa this figure rises to almost one in every two, and in South Asia to one in three.

Apart from poverty, other disruptive events, such as war, natural disasters or forced displacements, can bring an end to a child’s education.

This underscores the need to improve the education systems of many developing and transition countries, particularly fragile contexts beset by growing inequality. Providing educational and socio-economic opportunities for young people can help reduce the risk of violence.

Documents

Current projects

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Rehabilitation of schools in northern Lebanon

The rehabilitated schools are providing a better learning environment for Lebanese as well as Syrian pupils. © SDC

16.11.2015 - 30.11.2019

Following the rehabilitation of 28 schools in northern Lebanon in the first phases of the project, the SDC is expanding its engagement to 24 other schools in the same region. The rehabilitation works are being carried out in cooperation with the Lebanese authorities to help them cope with the large influx of refugee children from Syria.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Lebanon
Humanitarian Assistance
Education
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
EDUCATION
EDUCATION
HUMANITARIAN AID
MULTISECTOR or CROSS-CUTTING
Primary education
Education facilities and training
Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation
Multisector aid

16.11.2015 - 30.11.2019


CHF 3'690'000



Rehabilitation of schools in northern Lebanon

a classroom full of girls and boys.

15.07.2014 - 31.03.2016

Following the rehabilitation of 13 schools in northern Lebanon in the first phase of the project, the SDC is expanding its engagement to 15 other schools in the same region. The rehabilitation works are being carried out in cooperation with the Lebanese authorities to help them cope with the large influx of refugee children from Syria.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Lebanon
Humanitarian Assistance
Education
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
EDUCATION
HUMANITARIAN AID
MULTISECTOR or CROSS-CUTTING
Primary education
Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation
Multisector aid

15.07.2014 - 31.03.2016


CHF 1'350'000



Giving everyone in Burkina Faso the chance to access basic education

01.12.2012 - 31.08.2017

In Burkina Faso, a third of school-age children – around one million girls and boys – do not have access to education and 70% of the adult population is illiterate. Alternative schooling modules need to be developed for them. Since 2006, the SDC's support for basic education has helped more than one million Burkinabe over 15 years of age learn to read and write.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Burkina Faso
Education
Education policy
Non-formal basic education (including youth and adults life skills and literacy)
Education
Education policy
Education policy
Non-formal basic education (including youth and adults life skills and literacy)
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Vocational training and skills development
EDUCATION
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EDUCATION
EDUCATION
Education policy and administrative management
Basic life skills for youth and adults
Education policy and administrative management
Basic life skills for youth and adults
Education facilities and training
Primary education
Vocational training

01.12.2012 - 31.08.2017


CHF 12'500'000



Programme d’appui aux communes urbaines du Mali (PACUM)

01.01.2012 - 31.12.2019

Un des enjeux de la reconstruction du Mali se trouve dans la promotion de villes secondaires délivrant des services de base aux populations et redevables devant leurs citoyens. C’est l’objet de ce programme financé par la Banque Mondiale à hauteur de CHF 65’000'000. Sollicitée pour son savoir-faire en matière de développement local, la DDC apporte une contribution de CHF 18'200'000 (21% coût global) pour structurer la gouvernance à la base et soutenir les dotations d’investissement pour les villes de Koutiala et Tombouctou.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Mali
Education
Agriculture and Food Security
Decentralisation - local governance - democratization (incl. accountability)
Rural infrastructure
Decentralisation - local governance - democratization (incl. accountability)
Rural infrastructure
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
TRANSPORT AND STORAGE
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
TRANSPORT AND STORAGE
EDUCATION
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (incl. accountability)
Transport policy and administrative management
Public sector policy and administrative management
Decentralisation and support to subnational government (incl. accountability)
Transport policy and administrative management
Primary education

01.01.2012 - 31.12.2019


CHF 18'220'000



Well trained teachers for good quality education

French as the official language is the primary language of instruction in schools in Niger.

01.10.2011 - 31.12.2014

Niger has committed itself to reversing the high drop-out rate by making school offers more appealing. An SDC project supports bilingual teaching and contributes to the improvement of teacher training.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Niger
Agriculture and Food Security
Education
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Education policy
Agricultural policy and regulatory frameworks (incl. trade)
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
EDUCATION
EDUCATION
EDUCATION
AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY, FISHING
Primary education
Education policy and administrative management
Secondary education
Primary education
Agricultural policy and administrative management

01.10.2011 - 31.12.2014


CHF 6'215'000



Quality basic education based on the Pedagogy of the Text

01.05.2011 - 31.12.2014

A basic education is both a tool to becoming personally autonomous and a factor in social, human, and economic development. It opens the way to professional training and plays a key role in the reduction of poverty. In west Africa, however, a large portion of the population is still deprived of this right. Since 2003, the SDC has been supporting an education project based on the Pedagogy of the Text, a rather original approach that has already proven its worth.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
West Africa
Education
Tertiary education
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Education policy
Non-formal basic education (including youth and adults life skills and literacy)
EDUCATION
EDUCATION
EDUCATION
Higher education
Primary education
Education policy and administrative management
Basic life skills for youth and adults

01.05.2011 - 31.12.2014


CHF 2'900'000



PADE Décentralisation Education de base

01.01.2010 - 31.12.2013

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Mali
Education
Formal basic education (primary and lower secondary)
Education policy
EDUCATION
EDUCATION
Primary education
Education policy and administrative management

01.01.2010 - 31.12.2013


CHF 4'900'000



Programme d’Appui à l’Education de Base (PAEB)

01.12.2016 - 31.12.2020

Malgré les avancées, le Burkina Faso fait face à des défis d’éducation. Chaque année, de nombreux enfants n’accèdent pas l’école ; la majorité de ceux qui y accèdent, abandonne avant d’avoir fait 6 années de scolarité ; 65% des adultes sont analphabètes. La DDC soutient les fonds communs, permettant au  Gouvernement et à la société civile d’améliorer les performances du système éducatif, à travers la décentralisation, l’adaptation, et l’extension des offres répondant aux besoins des populations.


HI Protection et éducation Lac Tchad

20.06.2016 - 31.05.2017

Par son appui financier au projet d’Handicap International (HI) en partenariat avec Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI), la DDC souhaite contribuer à assurer la protection et améliorer l’accès des enfants touchés par la crise du Lac Tchad à une éducation de qualité inclusive dans un environnement sécurisé, plus particulièrement dans les sous-préfectures de Bol et Baga-Sola. Cette contribution permet de participer à la réponse aux besoins identifiés, souffrant particulièrement d’un déficit de prise en compte, comme la protection.


Rehabiltiation of public schools accomodating Syrian refugee children

01.04.2016 - 31.12.2019

Education is one of the public sectors particularly under pressure due to the influx of refugees. There are currently 143,000 school-aged Syrian refugees enrolled in public schools in Jordan, another approx. 83,000 remain out of school. Overstretched infrastructure and lack of space are major challenges. SDC will continue to support the Ministry of Education (MoE) in non-structural rehabilitation of schools accommodating Syrian refugees, including water and sanitation facilities, contributing to increase the accommodating capacities. The project will also include an awareness component addressing maintenance issues.



Programme d’Appui à l’Education non formelle

01.01.2015 - 31.12.2019

Classé 22ème sur 28 pays par l’indice de l’éducation pour tous au niveau africain, le Mali compte plus de 60% d’adultes analphabètes dont les 2/3 sont des femmes et environ 70% des jeunes de 15 à 24 ans ne savent ni lire, ni écrire, selon l’UNESCO. Ce programme permet de former et d’insérer plus de 10'000  jeunes et des adultes. Les résultats des nouvelles approches pédagogiques obtenus par le programme sont partagés au niveau central en vue de leur mise à l’échelle.

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