Community Education and Training in South Africa

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Adult learning systems play a crucial role in helping people adapt to the changing world of work and develop relevant skills. Community Education and Training has been brought forward as a possible way to foster adult learning in South Africa, especially among disadvantaged groups. South Africa has a relatively large group of adults who have low levels of education and skills, and limited opportunities for skills development. This report looks at the potential role that Community Education and Training could play in South Africa, how the system should be financed, how to align the training offer with community needs, and how to ensure high-quality provision. The report provides international good practise examples and suggests actions that South African stakeholders might consider to develop the Community Education and Training system.



Assessment and recommendations

The Community Education and Training system has the potential to fill an important gap in training provision in South Africa, especially for low-skilled job seekers and workers. Various actors, both private and public, already provide training opportunities, but provision is scattered and many adults in need of up-skilling or re-skilling do not participate in training. Increasing access to training can help tackling existing skills imbalances and contribute to lower unemployment, poverty and inequality.


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