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A global membership-based network
of international policies and cooperation in education

NORRAG’s core mandate and strength is to produce, disseminate and broker critical knowledge and to build capacity among the wide range of stakeholders who constitute its network. These stakeholders inform and shape education policies and practice, both at national and international levels. Through its programmes, knowledge production and dissemination, NORRAG contributes to enhancing the conditions for participatory, informed, and evidence-based policy decisions that improve equity and quality of education.

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International Policy Agendas and Global Governance

Reform of Education Systems

Youth and Skills Development


Over the last three decades, globalization has presented a new set of challenges and opportunities for policymakers and implementers in the field of education. Global actors are reshaping priorities, approaches and agendas of the international community with large repercussions for national and local governments. Similarly, the governance arrangements and financial mechanisms used to achieve international policy agendas, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, have undergone a noticeable change. In this context, the traditional role of the state is gradually evolving, with the role of non-state national, regional and new international actors mounting.

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Given its pivotal role in social and economic development, the reform of schools, vocational skills development (VSD) and higher education systems have been taken up by various national, regional and global initiatives. Reforms are often characterized by several phenomena and trends which are indicative of changes relating to the actors involved, visions of education and development, as well as the instruments deployed to influence and implement education reforms on an international and national scale. NORRAG’s focus on reform of education systems aims to unpack these phenomena and critically reflect on reform approaches.

NORRAG’s thematic cluster on youth and skills development focuses in particular on the link between skills development, youth unemployment and social integration, and sees the relation between education (basic, formal and non-formal) and vocational skills development (VSD) as a continuum, since the quality of VSD is dependent on the quality of prior education. An added focus is on second-chance education, that is, on those youth that either never enrolled or dropped out from formal schooling. One of the great barriers for never-enrollment or dropout youth is the language of instruction in schools. As a result, NORRAG pays special attention to bilingual education and community schools.

Beyond its main thematic clusters, NORRAG is also actively involved in a number of related topics and collaborations pertaining to international education and development.


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Join our network and connect with other NORRAG members in 170 countries. You will also receive regular updates on our activities, and be able to connect with NORRAG working groups on specific research topics. Membership is free of charge.

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