Alternative education programme for young people (PEAJ)

In Niger, two out of three young people are early school leavers or have had no schooling at all. They are estimated to number 2,156,864. These young people do not have the skills to enter working life or vocational training and there are very few alternative routes for them to take.

The Project

Designed as a pilot programme, the Programme d'Education Alternative des Jeunes (PEAJ), or Alternative education programme for young people, is operated by the State, the municipalities and NGOs in the Maradi and Dosso regions with input from Swisscontact. It has been given two main objectives:

  • To integrate young people with no schooling or early school leavers aged between 9 and 14 into the social and economic life of the intervention areas;
  • In the long term, to act as a mechanism for the whole country, serving the education and training of this target population group.

The proposed training programme is viewed as a ladder into formal education, as an initial step towards training centres for vocational training for the key sectors of the local economy (agriculture, stockbreeding, manual trades and crafts, etc.), and as a pathway to employment.


Results 2016:

  • 200 alternative education community centres (CCEAJs), managed by the municipalities and the NGOs;
  • 200 teachers mobilised by the State of Niger and benefiting from a programme of continuing education; these are tasked with managing the CCEAJs on the basis of a common curriculum and sharing their knowledge with their colleagues in the formal education sector;
  • 6,000 young people who, having left school early or who had no schooling at all, entered the education and vocational training.

Project countries

  • Niger

Project duration

2015 - 2018


  • DDC

Working area


Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zurich

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