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30 September 2021: Launch and online discussion of the study “The Education – Training – Decent Work Continuum”

The study “The Education-Training-Decent Work Continuum” examines the Continuum approach to tackle discontinuities between the education, training and work fields through a selection of different projects by RECI members. RECI and NORRAG will present the revised version of the report on September 30 from 14:00 to 16:00 (Geneva time), and invite you to participate in the discussion about how to overcome discontinuities in different contexts for mutual learning.

Discontinuities between education, training and work create and reinforce exclusion and inequality for disadvantaged groups. The Continuum approach proposed in the report aims to overcome these discontinuities by enabling learners to move between education, training and work at any point in their lives and in any order. The inequalities and exclusions resulting from discontinuities in learning and work biographies can be observed in all countries.

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In the spirit of inclusion and accessibility, the study, published in English in 2019, has been revised and translated into French. Simultaneous interpretation into French and English will be provided.

Michel Carton, NORRAG Senior Adviser, who led the study, will present the concept and the report.

Discussant: Crain Soudien, Crain Soudien, former Professor of Education and African Studies and former Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town and at present member of NORRAG Consultative Committee.

Afterwards, the topic will be explored from different angles in three workshops:

Workshop 1 – Learning to work transitions of youth in the informal economy in Africa (Christine Hofmann, ILO)
As enrollment in secondary and tertiary education increases in many African countries, large numbers of young Africans continue to acquire vocational skills in the informal economy. They learn from family or friends, or as informal apprentices. More and more countries are putting in place measures to help strengthen these training systems, which are firmly anchored in social norms and traditions, in order to build better pathways to decent work. The presentation will provide some country examples and show how validation of prior learning can improve informal vocational learning and also contribute to transitions to formality. This latter step is an important one in an education, training, decent work Continuum perspective. (References: ILO publication on Lifelong Learning in the Informal Economy and Amélioration de l’apprentissage informel en Afrique).

Workshop 2 – Intergenerational approach to education and training for socio-professional inclusion (François Niada, Helvetas, Sapiens)

The intergenerational approach to education and vocational training, far from being a conceptual fact, is a reality that is sometimes overlooked in education and training practices. Intergenerational continuity is based on the fact that an act of education or training for the benefit of one generation has effects on the other. Ignoring dependence or intergenerational influence in the education and training process limits on the one hand lifelong learning but also creates breaks in the chain of transmission and generational interaction – sources of inequalities and exclusion. Through this workshop, fueled by field experiences, we will question the existing education and training processes and suggest ways to take into account this intergenerational continuity which improves the quality and efficiency of learning processes – a first step towards an education-training-decent work Continuum. (References: UNESCO document: lignes directrices relatives aux programmes d’alphabétisation et d’apprentissage en famille)

Workshop 3 – The Continuum in the Geneva system: what transitions to prevent or remedy discontinuities that youth are facing? Natacha Juda: Conseil Interprofessionnel pour la Formation (Genève) and Yves Chardonnens: Espace Entreprise – Centre de formation professionnelle à la pratique commerciale (Genève)

Although Switzerland benefits from a renowned vocational training system, the fact remains that there are discontinuities in the education-training-work Continuum. The speakers will, through the reality of the Canton of Geneva, explain the discontinuities faced by students of the school system as well as enterprise-based apprentices wishing to enter the labour market. They will present the avenues explored in order to reduce these discontinuities. (References: Espace Entreprise Annual Report; Presentation Conseil interprofessionel de Formation).

Watch a video:  ‘Des immersions en entreprise pour les jeunes en décrochage’ – in French only

The revised 2021 report will be published after the event.

More information and access to the 2019 report

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