Published

Dec 6, 2023

Page count

208 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in Comparative and International Education

ISBN

978-1529224634

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Dec 6, 2023

Page count

208 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in Comparative and International Education

ISBN

978-1529224641

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Transitioning Vocational Education and Training in Africa

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The transition to more just and sustainable development requires radical change across a wide range of areas and particularly for the nexus between learning and work.

This book takes an expansive view of vocational education and training that goes beyond the narrow focus of much of the current literature and policy debate. Drawing on case studies across rural and urban settings in Uganda and South Africa, the book offers a new way of seeing this through an exploration of the multiple ways in which people learn to have better livelihoods. Crucially, it explores learning that takes place informally online, within farmers’ groups and in public and private education institutions.

Offering new insights and ways of thinking about this field, the book draws out clear implications for theory, policy and practice in Africa and beyond.

Simon McGrath is Professor of Education at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and Visiting Professor at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.

George Openjuru is Vice-Chancellor at Gulu University, Uganda.

Heila Lotz-Sisitka is Distinguished Professor and NRF-SARChI Chair in Global Change and Social Learning Systems Development at Rhodes University, South Africa.

Stephanie Allais is NRF-SARChI Chair in Skills Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Jacques Zeelen is UNESCO Chair in Lifelong Learning at Gulu University, Uganda and University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Volker Wedekind is Deputy Head of School and Director of Research Knowledge Exchange at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Presha Ramsarup is Director at REAL Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, UK.

David Monk is a Lecturer at Gulu University, Uganda.

Luke Metelerkamp is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Rhodes University, South Africa.

Jo-Anna Russon is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Bonaventure Kyaligonja is Hoima Campus Director at Gulu University, Uganda.

Glen Robbins is an independent consultant specialising in spatial development projects.

Scovia Adrupio is a Junior Researcher and administrator at Gulu University, Uganda.

David Ocan is a Junior Researcher at Gulu University, Uganda.

Kenneth Nyeko is a Junior Researcher and administrator at Gulu University, Uganda.

Primo Adoye is Hoima Campus Registrar at Gulu University, Uganda.

Palesa Molebatsi is a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Themba Tshabalala is a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Sidney Muhangi is a PhD student at Rhodes University, South Africa.

Maxwell Openjuru is a Research Associate at Gulu University, Uganda.

1. Introducing VET Africa 4.0 - Heila Lotz-Sisitka and Simon McGrath

2. VET and Skills in Africa - Simon McGrath

3. Water, Transport, Oil and Food - Heila Lotz-Sisitka

4. Towards an Expanded Notion of Skills Ecosystems - Presha Ramsarup and Jo-Anna Russon

5. Social Ecosystem for Skills Research - Luke Metelerkamp and David Monk

6. Vocational Teachers as Mediators in Complex Ecosystems - Jo-Anna Russon and Volker Wedekind

7. Challenging Processes of Transitioning from Education to Work - Presha Ramsarup and Jo-Anna Russon

8. The Role of the University as Mediator in a Skills Ecosystem Approach to VET - Heila Lotz-Sisitka, George Openjuru and Jacques Zeelen

9. Implications for VET Research, Policy and Practice - Simon McGrath

Afterword