15% of children in the world do not attend primary school, and in some countries in Africa and Asia only one in three children receives schooling. Supporting education is therefore a vital investment in the future of children and young people.

One of the eight UN millennium goals is that by 2015 children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. Since 1999 some progress has been made in this regard. For example the proportion of individuals receiving education in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa has increased by 18 percentage points to 76 %. But for the last three years it has been becoming obvious that the UN goal – despite enormous efforts – will not be achieved by 2015.

Education is the key to finding a way out of the cycle of poverty. Because Knorr-Bremse Global Care wants to give children and adults a hope for the future and help them determine their own, independent lives, an important focus of the organization's work is education and training.


Focal issue: Vocational training

Faced with a world-wide youth unemployment rate of 14%, we are paying special attention to projects in the field of vocational training.

In many developing countries, financial and also socio-cultural factors prevent young people from acquiring recognized vocational qualifications. Few countries have state-run vocational training structures that combine theoretical and practical instruction, for example like the ‘dual’ system in Germany.

With its support for vocational training programs, Global Care hopes to give young people a better chance to find work and earn a wage that enables them to lead an independent life in the long term.

This includes establishing a necessary framework for young students (for example offering affordable accommodation available at the location of their training).