The care and attention a child receives in the first years of life strongly influence development. Affection, stimulation, healthy diet, reliable relationships, and suitable healthcare demonstrably raise the chances of successfully finishing school. Children from marginalized families cannot count on this foundation. The quality of education in Central America is precarious. According to the TERCE study conducted by UNESCO, primary school students from Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras achieved the worst results. Vivamos Mejor intends to work to rectify this injustice through early intervention.
Our goal: To increase the number of socially disadvantaged children who complete primary education.
PDF Flyer Bridge to School Programme (available in German)
PDF Vivamos Mejor Strategy 2019-2023 (available in German, Bridge to School Programme on pg. 3)
PDF Impact study of preschool and kindergarten promotion (available in German)
According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, young people with limited resources have little access to professional training. Such training demonstrably increases the chances of earning an income and also works to prevent poverty and juvenile delinquency. Studies also show that acquiring the first job is often an insurmountable hurdle when entering the workforce. Seventy-six percent of employed young people worldwide work in the informal economy, of this amount over 90% are in developing countries. In 2017, 19.4 % of Latin American youths were neither in an apprenticeship nor employed; this figure for women was twice as high.
Our goal: To give empowered and educated young adults the ability to earn a living under dignified working conditions and to shape their own future.
PDF Flyer Bridge to Working Life Programme (available in German)
PDF Vivamos Mejor Strategy 2019-2023 (available in German, Bridge to Working Life Programme on pg. 3)
An overview of the programmes (available in German)
Our Contribution to the 2030 Agenda
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has created a framework for joint solutions to overcome the great challenges facing us such as migration, climate change, environmental destruction, poverty, and hunger. This agreement named 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They define social, economic, and environmental policy milestones which should be reached worldwide by 2030. These goals apply to all countries – including Switzerland.
Example of a Formation Programme in Colombia
Our programmes are co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.