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.



The history and current state of Community Education and Training in South Africa

This chapter looks at the former system of adult (basic) education and training that provided opportunities for South African adults to participate in education at the lower and upper secondary level. It also discusses the existing mass literacy campaign and second chance programme for upper secondary students wanting to obtain the National Senior Certificate. The key legislation and frameworks surrounding the new community education and training system are summarised to provide an overview of the current state of and vision for community education and training in South Africa.


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