VVOB has been supporting education in Ecuador since 1987.


Students in secondary technical education constitute a relatively vulnerable group within the Ecuadorian education system. As many need to start generating an income for their families, they value their education as a pathway to employment. But an extra effort is needed to ensure that the education offered to them is properly aligned with the world of work. VVOB also invests in measures to prevent early school leaving among this group of adolescents, focusing specifically on the needs of pregnant and parenting students and on preventing and addressing violent conflict in and around schools.


  • Secondary education
  • Secondary technical and vocational education and training (TVET)

Our key areas of work include:

  • Continuous professional development of teachers – Supporting universities in the development and delivery of an MA in TVET pedagogy, which will be offered – as a priority – to technical teachers without pedagogical credentials; setting up collaboration with employers for technical upskilling of in-service TVET teachers; and strengthening student counselors so that they can support teachers to prevent and address violent conflict in and around schools.
  • School leadership development – Establishing and coaching communities of practice of school leaders to enhance instructional leadership; improving school leaders’ access to data about the quality of training provided through a tracer study system; strengthening school leaders’ capacity to collaborate with the private sector and negotiate quality internship opportunities for students.
  • Enabling environment – Strengthening the policy and regulatory environment for secondary technical education, with special focus on alignment with the world of work and on gender mainstreaming.