Guinea

  • Literacy course in Hafia Lapou

  • Literacy course in Baguine-Fria

  • Village meeting

  • Typical village with roundhouses

In Guinea, since 1997 through its country office in Conakry, DVV International has supported basic education projects for young people and adults and contributed to strengthening partner organisations and maintaining a policy dialogue in the interest of adult education.

DVV International gives technical and financial assistance toward a continuous policy dialogue between civil society and government partners. Thus the form and content of lifelong learning will be developed together and contribute to improving the living conditions of the people as well as help in democratic and non-violent ways to resolve everyday problems and conflicts.

Given the ongoing decentralisation process and the increasing responsibility of local authorities, it is especially necessary to develop local demand-oriented educational programmes in remote rural areas. They must be taken into account in the national literacy programme, in the local development plans, and above all they must find adequate funding.

Main focus of work

The main focal points of the work in Guinea result from:

  • instability marked by longtime political crises and the decline of public services;
  • the lack of further training facilities accessible for the poor. In this instance, DVV International and its partners offer courses which impart knowledge about the democratic organisation of communities. Along with initiatives designed to “revive” decentralised administration and services, this creates a basis for sustainable social structures. Integrated (vocational) training programmes are aimed at the large number of unemployed young people, unemployment being among the causes of the high level of inherent violence in many parts of the count
  • the very high – by regional standards – illiteracy rate, especially among women in rural areas, 80 percent of whom do not have access to basic education and training. This is where remedial, functional literacy courses are organised that supply the participants (more than three quarters of them female) with further information, which ranges from family planning to the management of small (and smallest) businesses. Work is underway to document this information permanently and in the local languages, so that a reading culture and a “literate environment” arise;
  • the poor nutritional situation of parts of the population. DVV International is engaged in this respect under the BMZ special initiative A world without hunger, a cross-border programme with Mali for development to increase rural productivity and to stabilise the fragile ecosystems.

Partners

As part of a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Education, the Guinea country office cooperates with governmental as well as nine non-governmental partners who are involved with non-formal education and adult education. The latter implement grassroots projects in different regions that link literacy with the Paolo Freire inspired REFLECT method (Regenerated Freirian Literacy through Empowering Community Techniques), income-generating activities, community support, civics and vocational training. DVV International also cooperates with the national networks Rega and Pamoja, who promote the qualification of their member organisations and their professionals nation-wide, but also do lobbying work for adult education. The technical-topical and managerial skills of governmental and nongovernmental partners are being continuously improved through training and specialist consultation. DVV International also provides technical support for development-oriented private sector engagement for, among others, mining companies.