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.


What should be the role of Community Education and Training?

This chapter zooms in on the role that community education and training could play in the South African post-school education system. The current adult education system only provides for adult basic education, as enshrined in the South African constitution. This chapter explores what other types of training could be provided by the community education and training system, and who should be the main target audience. The chapter provides good practice example from other countries and concrete actions that can be taken to advance and position the community education and training system in South Africa.


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