Category Archives: Skills

Why the uptake of TVET courses is still low in Kenya

By Justus Omondi Olwande, a high school teacher in Kenya with a background in Education in Emergencies Since the introduction of free primary education in Kenya in 2003, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of learners transiting … Continue reading

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TVET and skills development in the time of Covid-19

By Paul Comyn, Senior Skills Specialist, ILO With less than 5 months since the first official reporting of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) case, we have almost arrived at a global paralysis of regular education and training provision. This unprecedented situation is … Continue reading

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Literacy skills gaps: how do they change over time by wealth and by gender?

While there is a focus internationally on measuring literacy and numeracy skills at age 15, as captured in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), at least two aspects are neglected in debates on learning achievement. First, literacy and … Continue reading

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From talking to creating jobs for Africa’s youth

By John Mugo, Director of Youth and Talent, ZiziAfrique The inaugural Africa Talks Jobs (ATJ) conference has just ended at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa. This was an African Union-European Union (AU-EU) bilateral conversation to highlight that 2017 … Continue reading

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DigComp: A framework helping young people to use their digital skills to find work

Today, in an everyday digital world surrounded by videogames, smartphones, digital social networks and online chats,  still 45% of the European Union population and 37% of its labour force have insufficient digital skills. Having digital skills is nowadays also relevant … Continue reading

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Is the Paris agreement bad for the average worker?

Last night, President Trump dealt a major blow to an agreement worked on for years to protect the environment by helping control carbon emissions. The reason, we were told during his late night speech, something he oft repeated while on … Continue reading

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How can education help us rethink what we mean by prosperity?

We need to reconceive what it means to prosper. The current prosperity enjoyed by pockets of people across the world has had a devastating impact on our natural environment and left too many people behind. Education is often held up … Continue reading

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Target 4.4 – What is at stake for monitoring progress on skills for work?

4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship Global monitoring of skills for decent work is likely to prove elusive because of … Continue reading

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Afghan police better their lives – and others’ – with literacy

Gul Rahman, a patrolman at Paktya Province prison security unit, Afghanistan, has greatly improved his ability to serve as a policeman as a result of his literacy class. He is married and the sole breadwinner for 12 family members. “Afghanistan … Continue reading

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Missing from school: the education challenge in sub-Saharan Africa

Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, and Aaron Benavot, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report With the Eurozone in turmoil and sluggish economic growth in the US and elsewhere, investors may well see sub-Saharan Africa – … Continue reading

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