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.

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.

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.

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.

Emma Arnold - Stiftung Hoffnungsbaum, Altdorf

The project’s aim is to support the school «Institución Educativa Técnica Ecológica Emma Cecilia Arnold» in El Carmen de Bolivar, Columbia. The school supports kids from kindergarten to primary school and college and gives them the opportunity for a two-year vocational training. The majority of the children is particularly vulnerable, for example as victims of armed conflicts or due to learning difficulties.

Vivamos Mejor, Zurich

Children from marginalized families are often badly neglected. The project aims to address the lack of cognitive, psychosocial and psychomotor skills among disadvantaged children. The intervention helps young children to be well prepared for the demands of school. Pre-school teachers receive state-approved and on-the-job training in age-appropriate childcare, and parents learn about children’s rights, nutrition, health, immunization and violence-free parenting methods.

taki mundo – Institut für benachteiligte Jugendliche, Würenlos

The project supports people with a hearing impairment in Mexico. 30 hearing impaired or deaf students are taught in a school opened by taki mundo at the level of pre-school, primary school and secondary school.

Ganydar Foundation, Feusisberg

The project “Tools to change lives” has the aim to build up a workshop school in Trinidad, Cuba, in order to give young Latin-Americans access to quality education, formal employment and a possibility to develop their skills to become an entrepreneur. The young people are trained in a craft so that they can become self-sufficient and build their future.

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").

Another project is a collaboration between OneAction and The Institute of Research, Education and Public Promotion of Educador (INEPE). The goal is to develop an e-learning teacher-training programme to spread the Institute’s internationally recognized holistic education model throughout Ecuador and to improve the well-being of communities involved. The platform is open to anyone, but is primarily aimed at teachers from disadvantaged areas.

Swisscontact, Zurich

The project emphasises the importance of local skills development of young people in Uganda, Africa. Unemployed youths can participate in modular, needs-oriented professional education programme which allows them improve their and their families financial situation. Furthermore, the project provides better access to financial services and financial products in order to further improve the financial situation.

Solidar Suisse, Zurich

In Burkina Faso, over 70% of the people are illiterate and only 60% of the children complete primary school. A reason for this development is that the main part of the educational system is in French, which most the children only learn when they start school. This project aims to improve the access to a high-quality education for children and young adults by providing formal, multilingual education.

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

Roger Federer Foundation, Zurich

The project supports community schools in Zambia. In rural areas there is a lack of governmental schools which results in a lack of education for the children, therefore the community school are their only access to a basic education. The project includes the improvement of school management, infrastructure development, teacher training and a school feeding programme.

Kids of Africa, Zurich

The project supports children and young adults in one of the poorest districts of Uganda which suffered from violent conflicts for years. The project enables the young people an aged-based education.


The goal of the project is to improve the life situation of socially disadvantaged young men and women in the region of Amhara in Ethiopia by enabling them a demand-oriented education and by supporting them with their entry into the working life. Thereby they can escape the poverty trap of “no education – no employment – no income” and sustainably improve their life conditions. At the same time, this project will be used as a model for other regions in Ethiopia.

Stiftung SOS-Kinderdorf Schweiz, Bern

The project supports the SOS-Hermann Gmeiner School in Gode, Ethiopia. The school offers children and teenagers from the city Gode, specially girls, a school education on primary and secondary level. The school follows the governmental school-curriculum but offers in addition to that courses like English, Computer, and natural science.

Caravan to Class, California (USA)

This school construction project takes place in the village of Koiria in Timbuktu, Mali. The Timbuktu region homes over 960 villages and roughly one third is without schools. The school that is built with our support in Koiria is French-based and the main focus is on children between six and twelve years of age who will receive a primary school education.

Salesian Life Choices, Cape Town (South Africa)

This project is a four-year intervention (Grade 11, 12 and post-matric) that aims to assist young people to enter college and university by supporting learners to improve academic performance through academic tutoring, study methodology techniques and education in emotional intelligence (self-awareness, self-management, motivation, empathy and social management). The final objective is to to mould a generation of young leaders from developing communities to become influential decision makers for a greater South Africa.

University of Basel (Centre for African Studies), Basel

The project develops and implements innovative forms of international collaboration in teaching among universities from the global South and North. This takes place in the form of summer or winter schools focusing on socio-economic changes in rural and semi-urban areas in Namibia and Switzerland with participants from both countries. The project offers a unique experience of intercultural learning and has the overall goal to serve as a model South-North Cooperation in learning and teaching at universities.


The project aims to provide qualified primary education for the children of an ethnic minority in the Nong region, Savannakhet province in Laos. This will be achieved by the establishment of child-friendly primary schools and kindergartens, the strengthening of the village community and infrastructure and the further development of the local public social aid.

Plan International Schweiz, Zurich

The first project’s goal is to improve primary school participation rates and early grade learning outcomes in the province of Bokeo, Laos. With this project the quality of teaching and hence the children’s learning will be improved. Furthermore, the school management and community engagement in school governance will be strengthened.

The second project has the aim to foster the access to qualitative education, to improve the school teaching and the class rooms as well as to improve the inclusion of disadvantaged children, e.g. Dalit children and girls in Nepal. The project wants to achieve that children between 3 and 8 years of age can attend school and preschool and to avoid early withdrawals.

Pragaya, Gurgaon (India)

The aim of this project is to improve the girls’ participation in education and to reduce discrimination and violence against girls in family and community. The project will improve girls’ participation and accomplishment in education as well as their life chances and the quality of their lives in general. By increasing the girls’ independence and confidence and by addressing socio-cultural gender inequities, the project will create a favorable environment for girls’ education and reduce discriminatory practices such as child marriage or child labor.

EcoSolidar, Basel

This project is active in Kampong Cham, Cambodia. It supports over 900 children and youths who come from very poor families, who are orphans or who are socially vulnerable. The support is provided at school, in art and music as well as in vocational education. Awarding scholarships to poor families enables the children to go to school, special courses teach the young people English and dance and vocational training educates them in the fields of mechanics, gastronomy, hotel industry, agriculture, beauty care or hairdressing. By completing a vocational education, the participants can ensure their future livelihood.

Stiftung Kinderdorf Pestalozzi, Trogen

This project has the aim to provide equal opportunities for children from ethnic minorities in Laos. The country has a vast ethnic diversity with 49 ethnics and over 80 different languages. The national standard curriculum is not adapted to the local needs which leads to a disadvantageous position for children from ethnic minorities. They do not have the same opportunities to access universities or higher education, to find a job or to life up to their potential. This project considers the ethnic and linguistic diversity in order to enable equality of opportunity.   

MusicArt Society, Kathmandu (Nepal)

The project aims to enrich children’s lives through music education, especially for children from underprivileged families and children with special needs. Music education fosters various skills such as rehearsing for performance, breaking down performance skills into its component parts (rhythm, melody, harmony, form and discipline), team work or creating and following standards – for the learners as well as for the teachers. As the majority of the schools in Kathmandu does not offer music classes or only as an extra-curricular activity, there is a need for quality training in music and it has been proven that a well-developed music education system can be highly beneficial for an entire nation.

International Bureau of Education of the UNESCO, Geneva

Green Leaves Education Foundation’s donation is used for the implementation of the General Education Quality Analysis / Diagnostic Framework (GEQAF) in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. The GEQAF is a tool developed by UNESCO to help member states to take a systems approach to comprehensive analysis and diagnosis of their general education enterprise.