• Course in a Bolivian adult education centre in Titicachi

  • Sale of traditional Bolivian medicine products

  • Sewing course in the prison in Tarija

DVV International has been represented in Bolivia since 1986 with a country office and provides nationwide support especially for public institutions of youth and adult education. Under the Morales government, the political participation of the indigenous population and the economic situation of the country have improved. Despite some notable successes in reducing poverty, however, according to the Bolivian Development Programme of the United Nations (UNDP Bolivia, 2011) about 5.2 million Bolivians continue to live in poverty. This affects primarily indigenous families in the Andean highlands, as well as ethnic minorities in the eastern lowlands.

Even though youth and adult education is now explicitly mentioned in the currently valid educational legislation of Bolivia, non-formal education is not a priority action field in this area of public policies. The focus here continues to be school or formal education – to which most of the activities and programmes of the state and the international donor community are accordingly concentrated.

Main focus of work

Capacity building of educational staff: Through the qualification of the educational staff of public adult learning centres, DVV International and its partners support and promote both the nationwide introduction of the new national curriculum for basic education (CBN) as well as its adaptation to the specific educational needs of the target groups locally.

Improvement of access to education: The Institute strengthens public adult education centres institutionally and professionally in the development and implementation of improved educational opportunities for youth and adults in urban and rural areas.

Strengthening regional adult education networks: DVV International strengthens the nationwide networks RED FERIA and REDCEA in their role of promoting and representing the interests of local adult education centres, even in opposition to the authority of the state education sector.


Important partners for the work in Bolivia are the Ministry of Education with its relevant Vice Ministries (Viceministerio de Educación Alternativa y Especial – VEAyE; Viceministerio de Educación Superior) responsible for youth and adult education as well as for higher education, and their subordinate departments for adult education (Dirección General de Educación de Adultos – DGEA) and teacher training (Dirección General de Formación de Maestros – DGfM). Other important partners are two national networks: Red Nacional de Centros de Educación Alternativa – REDCEA as a national network of the Bolivian adult education centres and the Red de Facilitadores de Educación Rural, Integral y Alternativa – RED FERIA as a nationwide network of teachers and trainers of integral and alternative education in rural areas. Over the networks it is possible to work with more than 600 adult education centres in Bolivia.