Collaborative Program in Education, Skills and Labor Policy with the REAL Centre, University of the Witwatersrand

REAL, the Center for Researching Education and Labor, of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and NORRAG have established an International Collaborative Program of Work in Education, Skills and Labor Policy in 2015. The broad purpose of the program is the sharing and dissemination of their knowledge, research, insights and perspectives with local, regional and international stakeholders.

The REAL Center, which is an established research center, conducts projects into important policy areas in education and training, focused on the complex relationships between education, knowledge, work, the economy, and society. The REAL Center brings together researchers from different disciplines, builds theoretical and systemic insights based on empirical research, improves the quality of empirical research, develops insights across different research areas, and contributes to national policy debates.

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About the collaborative program

The joint NORRAG/REAL vision is to engage in the fields of knowledge creation and dissemination as well as policy dialogue on skills development, education and labor, with the aim of contributing in an informed and evidence-based manner to the South African, regional, continental and international debates on skills, education and training policies. The overall objective is to improve the quality of Technical and Vocational Education and Skills Development.

Recent activities include:

  • Two events on “Reaching the Unreached : Skills Development Policies and the Promise of ICT” and “Education, Training and Agenda 2030 – What Progress? Perspectives from South Africa” (4 April 2017, Johannesburg)
  • Launch of the study on “Reaching the Unreached: Skills Development Policies and the Promise of ICT – A Scoping Study from India and South Africa” with AMMACHI Labs at Amrita University
  • The completion of the triangular research on “Understanding barriers to accessing skills development and employment for youth in Argentina and South Africa in a comparative and international perspective”
  • The organization of a REAL internal workshop to promote the Collaborative Program on the topic of the barriers to employment study held on 2 December 2015
  • The launch of a REAL & NORRAG Policy Brief Series on TVET and TVSD in Africa.

Publications and resources:

  • REAL and NORRAG Policy Brief series on TVET and TVSD in Africa
  • Research Report #1 on “Understanding Barriers to Accessing Skills Development and Employment for Youth in Argentina and South Africa: Synthesis Report” by Peliwe Lolwana, Siphelo Ngcwangu, Claudia Jacinto, Verónica Millenaar and María Eugenia Martín (December 2015)

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