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2017 was the kick-off to a new 5-year programme. Foundations were laid, partnerships built. VVOB colleagues across all partner countries are working towards one common goal by 2021: tackling barriers to education for all. How exactly we do this, is explained in this annual report (below). VVOB staff, born-and-raised in the countries we work in, discuss how the organisation ensures quality education for the most vulnerable learners in their country.


Because even though we applaud the good news that more children than ever are in school, we cannot ignore the over 300 million enrolled learners in primary and secondary education who are simply not learning. And it’s a proven fact that, across borders, it’s the same vulnerable groups who are denied quality education in this respect: children with a poor socioeconomic background, a different mother tongue, of an ethnic minority group, and girls.

So how exactly does VVOB reach these vulnerable learners?

Our local staff give personal insight into the social makeup of their home countries, and how they think VVOB can make a difference:


“Teachers find new ways to communicate with the young learners and even take advantage of the multilingual context” - Trần Thị Kim Lý, Vietnam


“VVOB’s approach will address major challenges I faced of being treated as inferior to boys. Girls will learn to love maths” – Jeanne d’Arc Usanase, Rwanda


“The students we work with can demonstrate that their skills are better compared to others’ when entering the local labour world. That gives them an extra ‘edge’ in the selection procedure” – Daniel Rojas, Ecuador


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