VVOB has been supporting education in Suriname since 1983.


In Suriname, the lower secondary vocational education and training (LS VET) student population is particularly vulnerable. Many are over-age and at risk of dropping out. Creating a safe and supportive learning environment is key. This takes school leaders and teachers with an eye for their students’ wellbeing as well as learning. VVOB invests in effective teachers, through pre-service training, induction and continuous professional development and in professional learning communities for school leaders.


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

Our key areas of work include:

  • Initial teacher education – Strengthening the pedagogy and technical studies departments of the national TVET teacher training college in the areas of vocational pedagogy and didactics; Embedding positive discipline and student-centered approaches in teaching practices through curriculum design teams and the college’s internal quality control system.
  • School leadership development – Piloting and institutionalisation of professional learning communities for LS VET school leaders, with special focus on instructional leadership; creating a safe and supportive learning environment for all students; preventing and addressing school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV).
  • Continuous professional development of teachers – Supporting the Centre for Professional Development of Suriname in the provision of in-service training to LS VET teachers on preventing and addressing SRGBV and to LS VET school leaders and mentor teachers on a whole-school approach to induction of starting teachers.