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ERIC Number: EJ817202
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Negotiating TVET for Sustainable Livelihoods
von Kotze, Astrid
Journal of Workplace Learning, v20 n7-8 p480-491 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the adequacy of UNESCO policy in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. People working in the informal economy in the Global South are looked at as a starting point. Design/methodology/approach: The paper examines UNESCO/UNEVOC documents, the UNIFEM report on the "Progress of the Worlds Women", development literature, and case scenarios from Southern Africa. Findings: There is a mismatch between policy and the reality on the ground. Changes in policy and provision are necessary if a social justice agenda is to be met. Practical implications: The approach to TVET planning and provision should shift in three ways: from an emphasis on the formal to the informal economy from work defined as employment to work as livelihood activities and from sustainable development to sustainable livelihoods. The paper argues that five conditions should be met so that TVET can begin to include workers from the informal economy. Originality/value: The paper defines "work" more inclusively, focuses on education and learning in the informal economy, and challenges notions of sustainable development in favour of sustainable livelihoods. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa