'Out-of-School Children' - Zimbabwe

'Second Chance Education' programme


Commissioned by the German Agency of International Cooperation (GIZ, Eschborn) the Hanseatic Institute for Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (HIE-RO) conducts a Scientific Counselling Project ‘Second Chance Education’ in Zimbabwe.

Cooperation and Lead Partner is the Arnold-Bergstraesser Institut (ABI) at the university of Freiburg i.Br. 

Zimbabwe is a so-called ‘fragile state’, run by ZANU (PF) and its dictator, President Robert Mugabe. During time of extreme violence schools were dragged into political conflicts, economic crisis and an extreme increase of poverty and unemployment (estimated up to 80 % of the workforce in the formal economy).

The impact of the political and socio-economic crises on education was detrimental, creating a ‘lost generation’ of youth. Estimates of Out-of-School children vary between 300.000 – 500.00 – mostly orphans, HIV-positive youth, impoverished children, youth with special educational needs, in short: vulnerable children.


The GIZ-project has two objectives:

(1) To re-integrate Out-of- School children into primary education (an inclusion strategy for the age group 7-14.years.

(2) To offer functional education combined with tec/voc-training and entrepreneurship education to the age group 14-18 years.

Cooperation partners are local NGOs, UNICEF and ILO.

The Scientific Counselling of ABI and HIE-RO concentrates on:

  • The political economy of education in Zimbabwe;
  • an assessment of the inclusion strategy;
  • an assessment of the tec-/voc- components, including entrepreneurship and 
  • start-up training
  • recommendations for future progress


HIE-RO can contribute by relying on its extensive experiences with international entrepreneurship education and SME-promotion programmes, f.e. in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Vietnam, Philippines, Brazil, Chile,Yemen and Libya. In Europe with the BEPART-InnoReg-Project and with ROXI (Rostocker Existenzgründerinitative. (for details see: Publications Overview)



For ABI: Prof. Dr. Heribert Weiland

For HIE-RO: Prof. Dr. Gerald Braun