The Mexico team of DVV International

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DVV International’s work in Mexico began in 1993 with a national office. Since 2000, the office has also functioned as the regional office for the work of DVV in Central America. The programmes in Mexico are particularly aimed at poverty reduction through education, with education as a key right that opens the door to other rights.

Within the cooperation activities, our focus is on working with vulnerable populations such as indigenous peoples, indigenous women, migrants, youth and adults who have not exercised their right to education, as well as on promoting and supporting training for teachers and lifelong learning (LLL) counsellors through the Curriculum GlobALE, Curriculum InterculturALE and Curriculum DigitalALE programmes.

Currently, we cooperate with nine partners and strategically allied institutions. Activities focus on facilitating access to quality education and promoting youth education, improving quality of life, reducing poverty and inequality, and on economic development. Priority areas are migration, education and development (MED).


We have developed concepts for the promotion of literacy according to the Modelos Indígenas Bilingues. Moreover, we have trained educational staff, presented proposals for guidelines for an educational model based on EPJA (Educación para Jóvenes y Adultos) youth and adult education, and carried out public relations work at the macro level.

With several partner organisations, we are implementing educational projects and, in coordination with partner institutions, public policy projects are being carried out at both the macro and meso levels.

Our strategies focus on the development of EPJA and the promotion of education for work and occupation, as well as the coordination of exchanges between state institutions and civil society organisations to strengthen them in their activities in the cross-border region of Mexico-Guatemala.

Likewise, we promote networks for the exchange of experiences and information on youth and adult education as well as measures aimed at fulfilling the commitments made by Mexico at global conferences (SDG 4 and CONFINTEA VII). We consider lifelong learning and youth education as the most viable mechanisms for achieving the sustainable development goals of the UNESCO 2030 Agenda.


DVV International works with six organisations in Mexico: Three of them are partners in the implementation of projects to promote EPJA and in MED work (Voces Mesoamericanas, Casa de Apoyo a la Mujer and Pronatura Sur), the others (Instituto Nacional para la Educación de los Adultos -INEA-; Instituto Chiapaneco de Educación para Jóvenes y Adultos-ICHEJA-; Secretaría de Igualdad y Género-SEIGEN- Centro de formación la Albarrada; Red EPJA; Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas-UNACH-Centro de Cooperación Regional para la Educación de Adultos en América Latina y el Caribe-CREFAL-) are partner institutions coordinating processes of organisational development and promoting actions for the advancement of EPJA. The organisations coordinate with DVV International at various levels and work to optimise processes both locally and nationally.

We also participate in the formulation of a cross-border education agenda and in binational communication networks, both with other organisations working on education, migration and development and with centres implementing even broader education programmes.

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