Education in developing countries

Education is the key to reducing poverty in developing countries. The Netherlands invests in primary and vocational education, improves the educational environment and strengthens agriculture.

Combating poverty through education

Education combats poverty and is the best guarantee of a job. It also helps reduce child labour, because a child cannot work while attending school. In addition, girls who go to school are less likely to be forced into marriage or become victims of domestic abuse. Education and employment enable women and young people to make their own choices in life.

What is the Netherlands doing to boost education and employment in developing countries?

  • Promoting primary and vocational education
    The Netherlands supports the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), which helped provide 72 million children with primary education between 2002 and 2015. The Netherlands also invests in vocational education. For instance, the Orange Knowledge Programme provides study grants and training in technical and occupational fields in 53 developing countries.
  • Improving the business climate
    The Netherlands invests in young people, especially women, who want to start their own business, and in businesses with growth potential. It uses information technology resources to support these ventures.
  • Strengthening and modernising agriculture
    Agriculture offers many opportunities for employment and development, especially in Africa. The Netherlands supports organisations that train and advise men and women farmers and that provide them with more and better-quality seeds.