a quality education
Enfants du Monde invests in education
in developing countries
Access to education in developing countries has improved through the joint efforts of states and non-governmental organisations. But in many countries, the quality of teaching remains inadequate. In some African countries, one in three pupils who complete their primary education still cannot read a single sentence.*
Enfants du Monde is committed to every child’s right to a quality education. Our Swiss NGO helps children and young people, particularly girls, who have never been to school or have left school too early. More than 660,500 children are benefiting from our actions for quality education every year (data for 2021).
In our schools, we focus on delivering a quality education, based on an innovative pedagogical approach. Our NGO also attaches great importance to monitoring and supporting all our school-leavers, whatever path they choose: secondary education, vocational training, an apprenticeship, or starting working life.
Enfants du Monde's education projects, for disadvantaged children, focus on the quality of education. Through this pedagogical approach, the lesson content and teaching methods used by the teachers, who are often poorly trained, is improved.
To ensure that sustainable quality education can be delivered, we also offer training for the trainers of trainers, for teacher trainers, for inspectors, and for headmasters. In addition, we are collaborating with the Ministries of Education to improve the quality of their national education programmes over the long term..
- Classes are taught in the official language and in the children’s mother tongue. This makes learning easier, and motivates the students.
- The subjects taught are seen as relevant by the local population because they meet their particular needs and can be put into practice in their daily lives. For example, children learn how to care for livestock.
- The local culture is respected and passed on to the children, who are firmly rooted in their community as a result.
- Teaching is based on the need for children to understand rather than simply memorize. This allows them to assimilate all the information and knowledge they will need in their future as independent adults.
- The teachers are well-trained and motivated.
- Parents are involved in school life and are made aware of the importance of education. This way, instead of keeping their children, especially the girls, at home to help out with household work, they encourage them to go to school.
- The school timetable, as well as term and holiday dates, are adjusted to meet the needs of the local population. For example, school holidays coincide with the harvest period, when many children have to help their families.
- Children leaving primary school are monitored and supported to help them find an apprenticeship or to continue their studies at secondary level.
- Micro-credits are made available through local support mechanisms for apprentices who wish to start their own business.