Group of young people sitting on the grass chatting
Our programmes encourage young people to share ideas and work collaboratively in order to address the issues that matter to them ©

British Council 2022

Our work in Non-formal education (NFE) is focussed on facilitating programmes that provide opportunities for young people 

  • to put their skills and ambitions into practice
  • to connect with others 
  • to raise their collective voice. 

We offer ways to help young people to develop their core skills, abilities and practice all within a collaborative environment. In particular, we encourage young people to look at and respond to the context and national priorities of their own country.

Our approach

We work in synergy with the British Council Education team to build a more connected and trusted world, focussing particularly on programmes that support the personal, social and economic development of young people.

Our ambition is to reach as wide an audience as possible so, along with face-to-face delivery, we use technology to connect young people from diverse backgrounds. By supporting them to gain skills, develop voice and follow positive pathways, we will build their personal resilience and give them the skills they need to realise their potential.

EDI commitment

Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and gender equality are an important part of what we do as a cultural relations organisation. We prioritise and promote EDI as a core value and look for gender equality to be built into every stage of projects and programmes. In particular, we support projects that are centred on gender equality issues and the empowerment of women and girls.

Find out about the Aawaz programme, an example of our work in Pakistan. Aawaz II works with local communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab to promote the rights of children, women, youth and other marginalised groups to strengthen and facilitate their development.

Learn more about the British Council's approach to Empowering Women and Girls.