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Transitioning Vocational Education and Training in Africa

A new book emerging from the VET 4.0 project takes an expansive view of vocational education and training. 


The transition to more just and sustainable development requires radical change across a wide range of areas and particularly within 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 issue 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 educational 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.

Centre for International Education Research staff, Professor Volker Wedekind, Dr Jo-Anna Russon and Professor Simon McGrath were involved in the project and book. Other colleagues involved, with links to the School of Education, are Honorary Associate Professor Presha Ramsarup, Honorary Assistant Professor David Monk and Sidney Muhangi, who is a School of Education Commonwealth PhD scholar. 

Visit the publisher's website for further information and to buy the book.

Posted on Monday 16th January 2023

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