With a growing emphasis being put on the needs to equip youth with the means to adapt to the fast-paced changing relationship between education and the labour market, this thematic cluster focuses on the relationship between basic education and vocational skills development (VSD). Basic education lays the foundations for VSD and provides youth with transversal skills that support them throughout their lives as citizens. Vocational skills are, for many, a means to be lifted out of poverty. As such, a particular attention is given to interlinkages between basic education and skills development approaches for marginalized populations and drop-outs for the reintegration into the education system and the labour market.
The thematic cluster covers, in particular, the following sub-themes: