Target areas

We have defined our three target areas based on the 17 sustainability goals of the United Nations.

Sustainability goal 4

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

High-quality education is the basis of personal development and the key to individual opportunities. It enables people to develop within the context of their talents and inclinations in a self-determined way.

Different financial and social circumstances, deficient educational systems and educational discrimination – such as when based on sex, skin colour, ethnic origin or disability – have an adverse effect on learning in schools.

In addition, learning does not end after school. The constant improvement in knowledge and abilities, qualifications and skills from childhood to old age is important for ongoing personal development and a life of self-determination.

Pontis supports innovative solutions in the education sector – both in Germany and abroad.

Sustainability goal 5

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

The world is far away from gender equality of the sexes. To this day, women and girls are disadvantaged in many ways – everywhere. This discrimination is expressed in a great variety of ways, such as in poorer educational opportunities, occupational disadvantages, violence, exploitation, forced marriage, genital mutilation, trafficking in women, abortion of female foetuses, bans on owning property, restriction of freedoms, etc.

Pontis supports projects that reduce discrimination. Our intention is to achieve gender equality of the sexes. We see a valuable approach among others in projects that aim to break the taboo on menstruation, to enable women and girls to lead lives of independence, self-determination and freedom of choice.

Sustainability goal 3

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

The populations of many countries are ageing at unprecedented rates. This means more and more people require nursing and medical care, but also attention, inclusion and companionship. This poses major challenges for society, politics and families. Older people have the right to be appreciated as a valuable part of our society and to be treated with humanity, respect, dignity and thoughtfulness.

Pontis encourages initiatives that give older people access to educational programmes as well as nursing and health services. This should enable them to age with dignity in self-determination and be included in our public, social and cultural life.

If you would like further information about the 17 sustainable development goals, click on the United Nations website.

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