Achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all will require increasing efforts, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia and for vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas. 

Rampant wealth and income inequality is disproportionally affecting the livelihoods of roughly 766 million people living in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, The West Indies, East Asia and the Pacific. Making sure these people have access to quality tertiary education and providing them with the necessary skills to apply for well-paying jobs is essential to lifting them out of poverty.

Since 2007, Royal HaskoningDHV has been addressing this issue through its Saturday School programme in South Africa, where only 20% of people attend college or university after finishing their secondary education. In this programme we teach mathematics, science and engineering courses to 150 underprivileged South African youths per year, significantly increasing their chances of being admitted to university. Read more