Innovation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Island Developing and Other Specially Disadvantaged States

Innovation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Island Developing and Other Specially Disadvantaged States

Report of a Commonwealth Caribbean Regional Meeting, Nassau, The Bahamas, 26–30 April 1982 You do not have access to this content

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Commonwealth Science Council
01 Jan 1983
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104
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9781848593718 (PDF)
http://dx.doi.org/10.14217/9781848593718-en
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  • Preface

    Recognition of the interdependence of countries in the modern world does not lessen the determination of Commonwealth member states to reduce their dependence on foreign resources where needs can be met through better utilisation of indigenous resources. The more effective use of natural and human resources is the foundation of development policies in developed and developing countries alike.

  • Introduction

    Twenty-seven of the 47 member countries of the Commonwealth have a population of less than 2,000,000 people. Of this group 18 countries have fewer than 500,000 people and seven of them have less than 100,000. Ten of the 27 countries lie within the Caribbean region and another eight are in the South Pacific.

  • The Contribution of Technical and Vocational Education and Training to Development

    In the Island Developing and Other Specially Disadvantaged States of the Commonwealth there are many pressing development needs, nearly all of which have implications for technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

  • The Methodology of the Meeting

    As outlined in the Introduction to this report, the meeting had a practical orientation. It followed a sequence of discussion and analysis agreed to by the participants at the commencement of the meeting. This sequence can be followed with practical benefit in a variety of developmental situations in Island Developing and other Specially Disadvantaged States.

  • Current Provision and Potential of Technical and Vocational Education and Training

    The governments of many developing countries regard technical and vocational education and training as one of the key elements in national development. This view is held in countries of all sizes and stages of development, but particularly so in Island Developing and Other Specially Disadvantaged States where isolation and dependence on other countries for technological support creates a pressing need for the development of their own technical education and training systems. This development of technical education in small states during recent years has followed an approach adopted in larger, more industrialised countries, that is the establishment of purpose built technical colleges to provide skilled labour at craft and technical levels.

  • The Management of Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Development

    Development needs require training responses. Training responses require management if they are to be effective. This is true whether it is one instructor preparing his own programme or a country implementing a national training policy.

  • Studies from the Commonwealth Caribbean and the Commonwealth Pacific

    The preceding chapters describe how the potential of technical and vocational education and training can be realised in order to increase its contribution to national development. The key to release latent potential in a technical and vocational education and training system is a systematic process.

  • Innovative Projects for Development

    The main task of the meeting - the design of innovative training responses to specific national development needs - resulted, in the first instance, in the design of a project outline sheet covering 14 key areas. This analytical tool was formulated and agreed upon at an early stage of the meeting. Individuals or small workshop groups then applied this analysis either to innovative projects which had been introduced recently in countries represented at the meeting or in the design of completely new training activities based on the participants' extensive knowledge of national development needs in Island Developing and Other Specially Disadvantaged States.

  • Improving the Effectiveness of Technical and Vocational Education and Training Through Regional and International Co-Operation

    The analysis developed by the meeting emphasised the potential for the increased use of indigenous resources for technical and vocational education and training. The use of these resources was viewed as central to the design of innovative programmes and projects. Nevertheless, critical inputs of outside assistance can make a major difference to the success or failure of a programme.

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