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VVOB strives for a sustainable world based on equal opportunities through quality education. We achieve this by offering technical assistance and by developing relationships between education organisations in developing countries, Flanders and Europe. Exchanging experiences, developing education expertise and raising awareness about the importance of education for development, nurture these relations.

VVOB’s definition of quality education

Quality education provides all learners with capacities they require to become economically productive, develop sustainable livelihoods, contribute to peaceful and democratic societies and enhance individual wellbeing. The required learning outcomes vary according to context. In general, completion of basic education must mean a minimum level of literacy and numeracy, basic scientific knowledge and life skills is achieved. Capacity development to improve the quality of teachers and other education stakeholders is crucial throughout this process.


We contribute to more internal and external solidarity in developing countries, Flanders and Europe by strengthening support for quality education as an engine for development and equal opportunities.


We offer structural solutions in the form of technical assistance that develops the capacity of the government and local education authorities. This mainly concerns departments in the ministries of education and institutions that provide professional development opportunities to teachers and school leaders.


We achieve sustainable results by:

  • aligning our activities with the local education policy.
  • developing the educational expertise of local institutions with know-how from, and through exchange with, our network of education partners.
  • stimulating cooperation between educational institutions across borders, and between the private sector and the education sector.

VVOB’s 6 crucial dimensions of quality education

  1. Equity: personal and social circumstances (such as gender, ethnic background or socio-economic status) do not form barriers to learning.
  2. Contextualisation and relevance: solutions for and changes to the education system is based on the real needs of a country and/or community.
  3. Child-friendly teaching and learning: education puts learners at its centre and helps them to reach their full potential.
  4. Sustainability: capacity development of local education authorities institutionalises changes.
  5. Balanced approach: the development of a balanced set of skills in learners contributes to their economic productiveness and sustainable livelihood, and to a peaceful and democratic society.
  6. Learning outcomes: a results-oriented approach ensures learners acquire a critical level of skills.


  • Quality in achievements and learning
  • Integrity in professional relations and in leadership
  • Respect for local policies, people and planet
  • Commitment to quality education for all
  • Innovation in facing complex challenges
VVOB firmly believes that quality education can only be achieved if equity, and gender equity in particular, is ensured