What we stand for / Smart State


In today's society you never stop learning. Volt wants to make 21st century education available to everyone regardless of age, background or origin, so that everyone can develop freely and fully explore their potential.

  • Offer free daycare and day schools
    Every child should have access to free daycare, preschool and Day school programs including cheap and healthy meals. This means that all children have the same opportunities and receive the care they need. People no longer have to choose between family and career for financial reasons.

  • Promote interdisciplinary methodological skills
    The educational plans at all levels should be designed for interdisciplinary methodological skills and instil in students an enthusiasm for lifelong learning from an early age. The aim is to learn how to use tools such as AI responsibly at an early stage and to promote media literacy for independent opinion formation.

  • Promote emotional education
    In addition to technical training, schools should also better promote children's personal development. Students should learn to recognize, describe and demand their emotions, needs and wishes as well as learn psychological basics in order to grow into an emotionally healthy generation.

  • Invest in schools
    The infrastructure of the schools and the working conditions of the teachers should be massively improved.

  • Invest in universities
    Switzerland's technical colleges and universities are among the best in the world. Further investments should be made in these institutions in order to be able to provide enough national and international study places.

  • Reduce tuition fees
    Tuition fees for trade schools, technical colleges and universities should be massively reduced or abolished entirely in order to minimise barriers to access to education.

  • Make apprenticeships more attractive
    The apprenticeship and the dual education system as a whole should be made more attractive and developed into a model for other European countries. Companies offering apprenticeships should be financially supported, especially if they train adult learners, thus enabling the learners to receive higher wages and better working conditions.

  • Offer retraining courses for career changes
    Broad-based new retraining courses are to be set up and the barriers to apprenticeships for adults are to be reduced in order to enable every person to change careers. In this way, people from dwindling industries can be picked up and put on a new professional path.

  • Promote international exchange programs
    Semesters abroad offer students valuable experience during their training or studies. Programs such as Erasmus+ should be promoted and Switzerland should participate in them.

The 5+1 challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental challenges that need to be addressed in every European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 challenges?

The 5 challenges are essentially the same for each country, but their implementation can be adapted at the national level to take into account local circumstances.

Challenge No. +1 - our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU - is identical in all our national programs. Here in Switzerland, our relations with the EU are the focus.

Take a look at our Europe-wide programme!
  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy is the engine for the progress of society.

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No one should be left behind - regardless of gender, income, religion or origin.

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe must live up to its responsibility in the world to secure our common future.

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    European citizens must be able to make informed political decisions, independently influence politics beyond elections and exercise their democratic rights.

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - but that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement.