• Manufacture of musical instruments in an adult education centre in Azuay

  • Computer class in an adult education center in Caña

  • Roundtable with colleagues from the local civil society and the Ministry of Education

Following the 2007 “citizen revolution”, the Correa government in Ecuador has provided for more political stability in the country and made an important contribution to poverty reduction and to strengthening of the middle class. In this process, the topic of education has also gained in importance, however, the educational opportunities are still very unevenly distributed both regionally as well as socio-culturally. The rural areas are especially disadvantaged. The quality of existing offers is often deficient and specific training needs, especially of vulnerable groups, are insufficiently considered.

The reform processes initiated in the education sector understand the “right to education” primarily as the right to formal education. Up to now, programmes have been limited to a mostly narrowly perceived literacy that does not do justice to the actual demands of those addressed. Current reforms grasp a broader version of the concept of “education” but focus on the formal school and university sector and do not consider the possibilities of non-formal education. Adolescents and adults without (sufficient) formal education are rather a marginal topic educationally and, accordingly, their training needs not a priority field for action in current policies.

DVV International has been working in Ecuador since 2010 and has been represented by a regional office in Quito for the Andean region since 2014.

Main focus of work

Improvement of the national educational programme: Through training and the development of innovative further training offers for qualification of managerial and teaching staff of local training centres, DVV International wants to qualitatively improve and orient existing educational programmes toward target groups.

Educational opportunities for the incarcerated: Development and implementation of a formal curriculum for primary and secondary education in prison facilities, demand-based training programmes as well as actions for education integration increase the educational opportunities for the incarcerated.

Education for Sustainable Development: Through the training of local leaders (Escuela de Lideres), trainings and events to raise environmental awareness and education, as well as measures to promote solidarity economy, DVV International qualifies and supports local stakeholders.

Employment-oriented training: With training courses on intercultural and inclusive education, the institute and its partners opened up alternative employment options for target groups in rural areas (for example, promotion of municipal tourism).

Strengthening national adult education stakeholders: The Institute promotes the professional exchange and training of adult education staff. It coordinates discussions, regular meetings and supports lobbying work.


DVV International cooperates in Ecuador both with local non-governmental organisations as well as with bodies governed by the public and state education sector. Civil society partners include foundations like the Fundación Altrópico, the Centro de Investigaciones y Desarrollo Interculturales Ecológico Guanchuro (Fundación Guanchuro), the Fundación Somos Familia Ubuntu as well as the Fundación PRODECI. A cooperation partner from the public sector is the national subsystem for distance education (SEFSE – Subsistema de Educación Fiscomisional Semipresencial del Ecuador), which operates nationally with its 21 training centres (Unidades Educativas) and 369 branches (Centros de Atención Tuturial – CAT). Primary state contact partner is the national Ministry of Education and its Department for Youth and Adult Education for the support of people without adequate education (Dirección Nacional de Educación para personas con escolaridad Inconculsa – DNEPEI).

Contact in Ecuador

DVV International
Regional Office
DVV International
Calle Andalucia #163 y Madrid (Sector La Floresta)

Regional Director South America:
Eva König

Contact in Germany

Senior Desk Officer South America:
Dr. Beate Schmidt-Behlau