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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, defines education as a universal basic right. Knowledge and skills that are acquired through education result in an increase in individual productivity and income levels, ultimately contributing to economic and social development as well as reduced poverty. Development in the field of education has direct relevance with Millennium Development Goal 2 (achieving universal primary education) and 3 (promoting gender equality and empowering women). Furthermore, increasing youth employment through vocational training has indirect relevance with Millennium Development Goal 1 (eradicating extreme poverty and hunger). In order to actively take part in the global effort to achieve the MDGs related to education and develop the post-2015 agenda, KOICA seeks to increase educational opportunities for citizens in partner countries, thus contributing to increased productivity and reduced poverty. 


Contribute to sustainable growth of partner countries through human resource development


High-level objective

Provide high quality education opportunities to all people by offering educational opportunities, enhancing education quality, and improving education systems.


Strategic Objectives

Provide high quality primary education opportunities

Foster Technical personnel

Foster highly talented personnel

Key Programs

Promote primary education opportunities

Promote vocational training opportunities

Promote higher education opportunities

Make qualitative improvements to primary education

Make qualitative improvement to vocational training

Make qualitative improvements to higher education

Improve primary education policies and systems

Improve vocational training policies and systems

Improve higher education policies and systems



Select and concentrate on specific areas

Promote effectiveness

Strengthen partnerships


Support programs with focus on the Country Partnership Strategy (CPS)


Strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems


Realize participatory development and cooperation


Strengthen support for the underprivileged


Apply programs per development phase of partner countries


Strengthen harmony in local assistance


Develop and implement programs with a comparative advantage








KOICA is focusing on implementing talent-fostering programs, making institutional improvements, and providing technical support for the development of human resources, which is needed for the social and economic growth of partner countries. To this end, KOICA formulated the “KOICA Mid-Term Strategy on Education (2011-2015)” and defined the major strategic objectives of providing high quality primary education opportunities and fostering technical personnel and highly talented personnel. KOICA is executing a wide variety of education programs for the underprivileged and enhancing the effectiveness of educational development, aiming to: promote educational opportunities in various fields, enhance the quality of education, and improve education policies and systems. Relevant projects include those designed to: reduce the education gap between genders or among different regions, provide special education to disabled children, enable underprivileged children and teenagers to become true members of society, and provide vocational training to unemployed teenagers.


1. Provide high quality primary education opportunities


Receiving primary education is a universal basic right (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Year 1948). However, the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 2 (achieving universal primary education) appears to be difficult, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, which suffers from the effects of civil wars and poverty. KOICA is continually providing support to expand primary education opportunities by mainly focusing on countries that have poor education conditions owing to conflicts and disasters. It is also striving to reflect project elements that are intended to reduce the gender gap in education.


(1) Promote primary education opportunities

Make quantitative expansions (school distribution diagram work, construction of model schools, etc.), improve the education environment, reduce the education gap (establish schools for girls and special needs children and support the underprivileged), and improve the level of readiness (provide education before school age, provide school meals, and conduct health checkups).


(2) Make qualitative improvements to primary education

Foster teachers and strengthen their competencies, improve curriculums and teaching methods (e.g., disseminate student centered teaching methods and textbooks and develop classroom manuals).


(3) Improve primary education policies and systems

Formulate and improve educational policies (foster teachers, develop curriculums, and expand educational finance).


2. Foster technical personnel


Low labor productivity in developing countries has a negative impact on labor market expansion, including job creation. Low labor productivity is caused by low technical skills. This issue becomes worse when there is a shortage of opportunities to enhance technical skills as well as a lack of quality training opportunities. To address this issue, KOICA provides many high quality vocational training opportunities, thus contributing to the development of experts who satisfy local industry needs and the reduction of poverty and increase of income levels.


(1) Promote vocational training opportunities

Increase opportunities (establish vocational training high schools and technical colleges), improve the educational environment, reduce the education gap (develop vocational training for the underprivileged and create incentives for participation of the underprivileged), improve the level of readiness (adopt preparation courses for completing vocational training and provide training on vocational ethics and work attitude after employment).


(2) Make qualitative improvements to vocational training

Strengthen the competencies of teachers, develop standard field centered training courses, develop teaching methods, expand equipment and teaching materials (select equipment that meet local needs and develop management manuals), and bolster industry-academia cooperation.


(3) Improve vocational training policies and systems

Ascertain industrial personnel demand and foster such personnel by country, adopt national skill qualification systems, ensure stable acquisition of financial resources for training, and adopt labor market information systems.


3. Foster highly talented personnel


Rapid modernization and industrialization are triggering increased demands in developing countries for a shift to a knowledge-based society. As such, higher education is steadily gaining more importance as a means to foster high quality personnel and the nation’s key talent. However, accessibility to higher education is low due to a shortage in personnel and material resources in many developing countries. KOICA is supporting the fostering of highly talented personnel, thus contributing to the economic and social development of partner countries and helping them make the shift to a knowledge-based economy and enhance their growth potentials.


(1) Means of securing outstanding talent

Build a higher education infrastructure (establish colleges in major industrial areas), improve the educational environment, adopt incentive programs (provide incentives such as scholarships and financial support to cover school expenses), and improve the level of readiness (college testing assessment).


(2) Make qualitative improvements to higher education

Strengthen professor competencies (develop programs to recruit outstanding professors), develop and improve courses (strengthen the connection between corporate demands and university courses), and expand educational support facilities (informatization of universities).


(3) Improve higher education policies and systems

Recruit high quality human resources from overseas and reduce their outflow, efficiently use private financial resources, and secure financial resources for higher education institutions through industry-academia cooperation.


Major projects in 2015




-The Project for Capacity Building and Supporting Educational Information in Azerbaijan ('14-'16/ US$ 6 million)


-The Establishment of Electron Education Network and Digital Multimedia Infrastructure for Nakhchivan State University ('13-'15/ US$ 3.5 million)



-The Project for Vocational Training in Parwan Province, Afghanistan

('08-'16/ US$ 25.6 million )


-Establishment and Operation of the African Center for Information and Communications Technology and Advanced Technology ('13-'18/ US$ 12 million)


-Enhancing the Vocational Training Program of TTC, Rajshahi ('15-'19/ US$ 8.5 million)


-The Project for Modernization and Strengthening of Training Institute for Chemical Industries ('13-'16/ US$ 5 million)


-The Project for the National Institute of Vocational Trainers and Program Development

('13-'17/ US$ 6.4 million)


-The Project to Develop Technical Education at the Upper Secondary Level in Cambodia

('13-'15/ US$ 2 million)

Dominican Republic

-The Project for Human Resource Development for Science and Technology in Dominican Republic ('15-'18/ US$ 4 million)

East Timor

-The Provision of National Textbooks' Student Workbook and Teacher Guidebook and Teacher Trainings for Math & Science ('14-'16/ US$ 2 million)


-The Project for Rehabilitation of Becora Technical Secondary School in Dili, East Timor

('13-'16/ US$ 8 million)


-The Project for Capacity Building of ICT Education ASTU, Ethiopia

('13-'17/ US$ 5 million)


-The Project for Establishment of TVET College in Tigray, Ethiopia ('13-'18/US$5.5 million)


-Radio Education Program Recording and Transmission Studio Establishment

('13-'17/ US$ 6.7 million)


-The Project for Vocational Capacity Building for Korean Veterans Juniors, Ethiopia

('12-'17/ US$ 9 million)


-The Project for Constructing Secondary School in Adwa ('11-'15/ US$ 3.7 million)




-Feasibility Study of the Integrated Technical Education Cluster(ITEC) in Egypt

('14-'15/ US$ 1 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of the Garment Technology Training Center in Caracol, Haiti ('13-'16/ US$ 3.5 million)


-Supporting the Korea-Iraq Vocational Training Center in Iraq (II) ('14-'17/US$ 5 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of Modern Basic and Secondary Schools in

Sulaymaniyah and Erbil of Kurdistan Region, Iraq ('13-'16/ US$ 9.3 million)


-The Project for Establishment of Multimedia Language Laboratories in 18 Universities and 4 Government Agencies in Iraq ('13-'16/ US$ 6.98 million)


-The Project for the Construction of a Modern Basic and High Educational Complex in Dohuk, Iraq ('11-'15/ US$ 5.5 million)


-Supporting Vocational Training Center in Southern Part of Iraq ('11-'16/ US$ 8 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of a Primary School in Kasnazan, Erbil, Iraq

('10-'15/ US$ 3 million)



-The Project for the Establishment of a Special School for the Hearing Impaired in Jordan, Implemented by the Korea International Cooperation Agency

('14-'17/ US$ 5.2 million)


The Primary School Environment and Capacity Building Project ('14-'18/ US$ 4 million)


-The Empowerment and Capacity Building Project of Souphanouvong University, Lao PDR Project ('14-'16/ US$ 3 million)


-The Project for Capacity Building of Matola Industrial Institute ('13-'17/ US$ 6.84 million)


-The Project for the Capacity Building of Korea-Mongolia Technical College in Ulaanbaatar ('10-'16/ US$ 5.76 million)


-The Project to Establish the Institute for Technical Vocational Education and Training(TVET) Teacher in Myanmar ('15-'17/ US$ 11.5 million)


-The Project for Capacity Building of TVET(Technical Education and Vocational Training) Teachers in Nepal ('15-'18/ US$ 5 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of the Model Schools for Primary and Junior Secondary Education in Abuja('13-'18/ US$ 15 million)


-Palestine Social Start-up (PASS) Program ('15-'19/ US$ 7 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of the Youth Center in Jenin '(13-'16/ US$ 3.6 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of the Palestine-Korea Biotechnology Center

('13-'16/ US$ 3 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of the Advanced Vocational Training Center in Asuncion, Paraguay('10-'15/ US$ 5.38 million)


-Establishment of the Korea-Pakistan Information Communication Technology Center of Excellence in Islamabad ('10-'15/ US$ 5 million)


-Establishment of Pak-Korea Technical Textile Center in National Textile University, Faisalabad) (’13-‘15/US$ 1 million)


-Capacity Building for Technical/Vocational and Skills Development(TVSD) System in Rwanda ('14-'17/ US$ 5 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of Kicukiro Technical Training Centre within the IPRC-Kigali, 2nd Phase ('13-'17/ US$ 5 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of ISEP in Dakar, Senegal ('15-'18/ US$ 9 million)


-The Project for Distribution of Textbook for Elementary School Students

('11-'15/ US$ 4.9 million)

Sri Lanka

-The Establishment of College of Education and Technology Teacher Training System for Technology Stream ('15-'19/ US$ 13 million)


-Modernization and Upgrading of Automobile Centers in the  Colleges of Technology and Technical Colleges in Sri Lanka ('13-'15/ US$ 3 million)


-The Project for Capacity Building of the Gas Vocational Training Center in Mary Province, Trukmenistan ('14-'16/ US$ 5 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of Vocational Training Institute in Uganda

('11-'17/ US$ 4.5 million)


-The Project for Policy Consulting on Empowerment of Uzbekistan Technical Vocational Education Training and Pilot Project ('14-'17/ US$ 8.5 million)


-The Project for Capacity Building of Vocational Training Education in Samarkand Region of Uzbekistan ('13-'16/ US$ 6.4 million)


-The Project to Improve Hanoi Open University in Vietnam ('14-'16/ US$ 3 million)


-The Project for the Improvement of the Vietnam-Korea Industrial Technology Vocational College in Nghe An Province ('14-'16/ US$ 6 million)


-The Project for the Establishment of the Vietnam-Korea Institute of Science and Technology ('14-'17/ US$ 35 million)


-The Project for Improving Central Highlands Vocational college for Ethnic Youths in Dak Lak Province ('13-'15/ US$ 5 million)


-The Project for Upgrading the Korea-Vietnam Friendship IT College to University

('13-'15/ US$ 5.2 million)


-The Project for Capacity Building of the Occupational Safety and Health Training Center in Vietnam ('13-'15/ US$ 3.4 million)