Our objectives: «As we stand at the beginning of the 21st century, the role of development policy has changed. Today, development cooperation is seen as a global, structural peace policy. It aims to help resolve crises and conflicts in a peaceful manner to help ensure that scarce resources are more equitably shared and that our environment is preserved for future generations, and to help reduce global poverty.»
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If people receive better education, they have a better chance on the labor market; they will find employment more easily, or be in the position to create jobs themselves, and can thus increase their income. In this way, people are able to find a way out of poverty themselves and consequently improve their standard life. Vocational education and training is the cornerstone of sustainable and future-oriented economic development. The availability of qualified specialists increases the competitiveness of companies. This improves the conditions for economic growth, which is beneficial to all areas of society.
Vocational education and training is also of personal importance: It contributes to personal development; it opens up opportunities to earn a living and creates confidence in personal ability. It is the basis for self-confident and active participation of all population groups in social life. In this way, it also promotes social cohesion in a society – not only in developing countries and emerging markets, but everywhere in the world.
Vocational education and training contributes to all sustainable development goals of the Agenda 2030 (SDGs).
The various approaches taken and instruments applied are based on the successful features of the dual system of vocational education and training in Germany:
- Close cooperation between the government and industry
- Learning on the job
- Social acceptance of mandatory training and examination standards
- Education and training for teachers working in vocational education
- Research in the area vocational education and training
The German VET system cannot be transferred one-to-one to partner countries. BMZ supports its partner countries in integrating sustainable and suitable VET elements into their systems.
- BMZ Education Strategy: Creating Equitable Opportunities for Quality Education (BMZ strategic paper, 7/2015)
- Vocational Education and Training in German Development Policy (BMZ strategic paper, 8/2012)
- Supporting TVET – Shaping the Future. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Development Cooperation
- The German Development Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (poster)