The Challenge

Acceptance of an individual's right to engage in the education process is a generally recognised tenet of most governments worldwide. It is enshrined in the Education for All Programmes and the Sustainable Development Goals, and is supported by major investments so as to ensure universal access to education. Governments also recognise that education has wider implications, since all sustainable socio-economic development depends on having a workforce whose range and extent of knowledge and skills is supportive of national economic goals and which are commensurate with current employment needs.

Pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education are fundamental building blocks on which a country’s development depends. Hence, there is a challenge to ensure that educational systems receive relevant assistance so that policies, implementation strategies and delivery modalities can maximise investment returns. Ensuring that education provides maximum support to the wider world of work, however, gives rise to a further challenge. Training for relevant employable knowledge and skills must be introduced at appropriate stages in the development process; and where, when, how and by whom such training is best delivered becomes a key factor in ensuring a functional employment policy.