ZOA believes that education is crucial to the realization of each of our three specific goals. Besides education being a basic need and right, literacy and numeracy are also important preconditions for community governance and economic development. Education brings adults and children of different backgrounds together and peace education can reduce conflicts. Education also contributes significantly to the work we do in the other sectors.
We therefore focus on basic education, both formal and informal, which includes primary education, lower secondary education, functional adult literacy and numeracy, and vocational training. In doing so, ZOA supports interventions that ensure access to sufficient and sustainable resources for education, decrease retention, enable the active participation of communities in the planning and monitoring of education services, increase the willingness and capacity of local governments to take responsibility for education, and guarantee equal access to education for boys and girls.