Non-formal education (NFE) focusses on programmes designed to nurture a collaborative environment for young people. These programmes provide opportunities for young people to put their skills and ambitions into practice, to connect with others and to raise their collective voice. The NFE approach offers pathways to support development of core skills, capabilities and practice. Working in collaboration with partners and stakeholders, young people can respond to the specific context and national priorities of their country.

Our approach

We work in synergy with Education to build “a more connected and trusted world". We aim to support the needs and aspirations of young people through interactive digital activity and skills programmes in country and globally focussing on personal, social and economic development.

Our ambition is to reach as many young people as possible by complementing face-to-face delivery with digital and remote learning opportunities, helping us connect with even more young people from diverse backgrounds. By supporting young people 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 and gender equality are an important part of what we do as a cultural relations organisation. We prioritise and promote equality, diversity and inclusion as a core value, enhancing capability and capacity for building gender equality into every stage of projects and programmes. In particular, we support projects that have gender equality issues and empowerment of women and girls as the primary objective. 

Click here to 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