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ERIC Number: EJ768363
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0738-0593
Education and Skills for Development in South Africa: Reflections on the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa
McGrath, S.; Akoojee, Salim
International Journal of Educational Development, v27 n4 p421-434 Jul 2007
In July 2005, President Mbeki announced the launch of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (AsgiSA), a new development strategy designed to help the South African state meet the ANC's 2004 election pledges, namely: (1) halve unemployment; (2) halve poverty; (3) accelerate employment equity; and (4) improve broad-based black economic empowerment. AsgiSA outlines a very different development path from the current orthodoxy of the Millennium Development Goals and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers in spite of the common commitment to halving poverty. This difference in approach encompasses the education and skills sector, where post-basic provision is given considerable attention. This paper seeks to explore why South Africa has taken this different approach, especially in education and skills development. It examines what the current evidence tells us about the strategy's likely success. Finally, it briefly considers the implications this case might have for the dominant model of African education and development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa