OneAction, Geneva

In a context where access to quality education remains extremely limited, OneAction, in collaboration with its local partner, aims to build an English Medium School (EMS) in the rural area of Bodh Gaya, located in the heart of Bihar (India). The school will serve a twofold objective: on one hand, it will enhance the employment prospects of children from low-income backgrounds and disadvantaged castes by improving their level of education and English; on the other hand, it will provide a source of income to guarantee the sustainability of our partner school Gyan Niketan which provides free education to more than 300 Dalit children (formerly known as "untouchable").

TSiBA Education, Cape Town (South Africa)

TSiBA is a private, not-for-profit business school which serves approximately 500 students at two campuses. The students are disadvantaged South Africans who, for academic and financial reasons, are otherwise unable to access tertiary education. The aim is to enable talented school leavers from poor backgrounds to climb above the social circumstances in which they were raised and to graduate entrepreneurial leaders. The Green Leaves Education Foundation supports TSiBA by granting scholarships and living allowances for the students.

University of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa)

Completing a university degree is the aspiration of countless young South Africans, enthused with the hope of making a contribution to the fast-developing region. We support the University of Cape Town in funding scholarships in order to build the next generation of specialists and fight the shortage of postgraduate qualifications.

A second project supports students from poorly resourced communities that only have limited access to Information Technology and thus are limited in their learning progress. The support is implemented by providing laptops to the financially disadvantaged students.

A third and fourth project focuses on bursary opportunities for students who seek careers in the area of Health Sciences. As many students in South Africa do not have the financial capacity to continue tertiary studies following their undergraduate program, bursary programs ensure greater access for talented youth to pursue their studies.

EcoSolidar, Basel

Discrimination against indigenous people in the education system in Peru is huge. Indigenous children and adolescents have little chance of adequate education and thus a better future. Young people from indigenous Amazon communities who want to study in the city struggle with great disadvantage and therefore often have to drop out of university. The same applies to children from remote communities who go to school in a provincial town. With the project partner RENAMAD, the goal is to improve the life chances of indigenous schoolchildren and students as well as reducing school dropouts.


SESAME, a program of IECD, is recognized locally as a reference actor in the field of education in Madagascar and benefits from growing institutional appreciation. The goal of the current project is to support underprivileged, talented and motivated graduates in their higher education and their employment integration, in order to foster their active participation to local development. This means to promote access to higher education for youth with high potential from underprivileged backgrounds, to enforce students’ professional insertion in high-growth employment sectors as well as to scale up the benefits of the project at a national level for the Madagascan youth.

Thatha Ithuba

In South Africa everyone has the right to education and the citizens of South Africa do not have to pay tuition fees, but there are many students from surrounding countries like Kongo, Simbabwe or Malawi, who do not receive support. Further the mostly long and complicated routes from the township to the university makes it even more difficult to get access to education. Thatha Ithuba creates solid financial support for students for the entire study. For Thatha Ithuba it is important to accompany the students through their studies through a mentor.

Solidar Suisse, Zurich

Due to the poverty, many young people in Nicaragua do neither graduate nor get the appropriate vocational training. The precarious living standards bear a high risk of slipping into criminality. This project aims to establish high quality vocational training, to foster the labour market integration through traineeships and offers further education as well as financial support for business creation.

TearFund Schweiz, Zurich

The educational system in Peru only offers very limited future opportunities for young people. In the region Apurimac, only a mere fraction of youths manages the leap into higher education and most public vocational training centers cannot offer relevant and qualitative training. This project supports the public vocational training centers in the region Apurimac in order to enable young people a well-founded practical education which facilitates the entry into the labour market. 


In Haiti, it is estimated that over one third of the population aged between 15 – 24 years is unemployed. This is because a majority of people below the poverty line are unable to access employment due to a lack of education or training. The current offer for vocational training is too expensive, takes too long and does not meet the requirements of the labour market. Therefore, this project aims to enhance the situation by offering improved technical training combining in-depth knowledge and practice in a real context.

Swiss Academy for Development, Biel

The Montobello district which belongs to the city of Cali is known as Colombia’s most dangerous city. The district faces major challenges such as criminality, migration or unemployment. In order to combat these challenges, this project supports the transformation of the existing “Colegio Las Aguas” into an integrative educational centre. A holistic educational approach enables a high-quality education for a sustainable development, peace and promising life perspectives for the society and especially the youth.

Plan International Schweiz, Zurich

This project is located in El Salvador. It aims to enable young people, especially women, and their families to gain an opportunity for income generation and a perspective for the future through youth employment promotion. It strengthens the social and employment system and facilitates the access to professional, technical and life skills training.

Vivamos Mejor, Zurich

During the civil war, many children and young adults and their families had to flee from rural areas to Colombia’s main city, Bogotà. There, the young people scratch a living for themselves and for their families by occasional jobs - an education or a secure job is out of their reach. This project supports children from marginalized families by offering them an officially recognized vocational education. After the completion of the programme, the participants are given a secure workplace with a guaranteed minimum wage and social benefits which helps them to gain a foothold in the working world.

Asian University for Women Support Foundation, Cambridge (USA)

The Asian University for Women has the aim to build the next generation of leaders by educating women across Asia and preparing them for careers in leadership and public service. This project consists of a sponsorship of 10 scholarships for women who are the first in their families to enter university. The scholarships allow the Asian University for Women to provide the women with the academic, professional and financial support they need in order to grow into strong leaders in their chosen fields.

one world foundation, Sri Lanka

The foundation has built a school in Sri Lanka’s Southwest which offers a multilateral education complementing the state school system for children and young adults. The trainings offered are English and Tamil language courses, computer science and photography courses, a preschool based on the concept of Montessori as well as the so called “Women’s Cooperation” which offers one-year training courses to women in tailoring, embroidery and batik.


The project is active in the rural Teuk Phos district in Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang province. It aims to enhance the education opportunities at public schools. The project supports two kindergartens, two primary schools and two secondary schools. Furthermore, it provides direct support to the families - they can start their own agricultural income projects which directly improve their livelihood. Other families receive support in the form of school fees for their children.

Krousar Thmey, Lausanne

This project promotes quality education and inclusion for visually or hearing impaired children in Cambodia. This aim will be achieved by offering a comprehensive curriculum specially designed for children with special needs in order to enable them to become an integral part of society. A tailored education model together with the necessary tools such as Braille and Khmer sign language, adapted textbooks and training of specialized teachers, provides the children the best possible support throughout their studies. Ultimately, the project enhances the socio-economic inclusion of visually and hearing impaired children thanks to a comprehensive education curriculum and support from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 and from there towards joining vocational training and even university.

Association Room to Read, Zurich

Laos’ education system is in need of improvement in order to meet the needs of its very young population – half of the people are below 18 years of age. Inequalities based on ethnicity, gender and wealth hinder many children from receiving equal access to education. This project aims to improve the reading skills of primary school children in Laos. It addresses three key areas being teacher training and support, reading materials and learning spaces.

elea Foundation, Zurich

The aim of the project is to fight against poverty in developing countries. It fosters entrepreneurial skills in order to give the people sustainable access to the advantages and possibilities that globalisation offers.

ETH Zürich Foundation, Zurich

The “Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme” (ESOP) enables outstanding students from all over the world to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH Zurich. Since 2007, already around 400 scholarships were granted to students from 49 nations.