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.



Aligning Community Education and Training with local needs

To ensure that Community education and training is useful for participants, the training offer and content needs to reflect the needs of the community and the local labour market. The needs of communities can be diverse, and a holistic understanding of these needs can only be achieved when a variety of local stakeholders is engaged. This chapter presents ways to ensure that community education and training programmes are aligned with labour market needs, with a particular focus on the local stakeholders that should be involved in assessing these needs.


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