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Our non-formal education programmes provide opportunities for young people around the world ©

British Council 2022

Our non-formal education (NFE) programmes are all about creating positive pathways and opportunities for young people outside of formal learning spaces. In this section, you can find information on our global work, read about the programmes we support and access links to useful reports, resources and data on social enterprise around the world.

Our work

Through our initiatives, we aim to empower young people around the world aged 18-35 years old to contribute to trust-building, cohesion and stability in their societies, and to represent their communities on a local, regional and national stage. By connecting young people, we support them to build alliances and networks. These connections enable them to work across cultural differences so as to act positively on the big global challenges that affect their lives and communities.

Our global programme provides training to develop the skills, voice and networks young people need in order to:

  • lead enriched lives
  • participate in positive social and economic development
  • act on local and global issues. 

Our NFE portfolio also includes a wide range of projects and programmes that are delivered on behalf of international donor organisations. 

Working with partners 

Overseas, we connect and collaborate with global partners on the ground and in the UK, we form partnerships to create shared and positive change. Find out more information on our experience in International Development and working with us.

The countries we work in:

  • In the European Union: Cyprus, Czechia, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania
  • In Wider Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine
  • In East Asia: Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam
  • In South Asia: Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
  • In the Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Sudan