The Commonwealth Secretariat recently published a study entitled Mapping Sector Skills Development across the Commonwealth. The broad objectives of this study are to map approaches to sector skills development across 16 Commonwealth member countries and to explore the different approaches that are used. In doing so the the study identified the structures that been utilised, the different functions they they perform, and how they relate to the broad processes associated skills development and reform. Read more?
South Africa Study
The Human Science and Research Council have recently published the first annual report on skills supply and demand for skills in South Africa. This report is a product of the Labour Market Intelligence Partnership Project (LMIP), funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The contents of the report provide an important resource to inform investment for future planning and provision of education and training. Read more?
The economic stagnation that presently characterizes most advanced capitalist economies is unusual. While there have been periods during the post-war years of slow growth and contractions in output, they have normally resulted from attempts to control inflation, and once it had been tamed recovery was robust. The situation today is very different, not only because the bulk of advanced economies are affected simultaneously, but because the stagnation is a consequence of a huge financial crisis that has brought a “balance sheet depression”. A strong recovery is predicated on reducing private sector debt, and this is a complex process. Moreover, there are different ways in which it may be achieved, and some are much more effective and efficient than others. The governments of most advanced countries are adopting the least effective and efficient policies, and, if they continue to do so, slow growth and high unemployment are likely to be long enduring…. continue reading
In today‟s globalized world, employer‟s demands for human resources and skilled workers are constantly evolving. In response governments must have successful and agile means of managing their national human resources and promoting development; the use of sector strategies based on labour market analysis has proved a successful option for many countries to do so. However, there is limited research on how countries at different stages of development create and deploy sector based policies. This study provides empirical evidence for the International Labour Organization‟s (ILO) Sector (SECTOR) department on how developed and middle income countries approach the whole process of sector based development… continue reading
In many ways, Ethiopia’s teacher Continuous Professional Development program is an education specialist’s dream: teachers regularly collaborate with peers, they are mandated to complete 60 hours of professional learning every year, and in some regions, they receive promotions based on performance in the classroom. The structure mirrors many aspects of international best practice and yet […]
Dean Jamison is one of the world’s leading global health economists, but the way he tells it, it was something of an accident. He started as an education economist at the World Bank in 1976, and he was a pioneer in using impact evaluations to study the effectiveness of distributing textbooks in Nicaragua and the […]
How can a school principal be transformed into an instructional leader who provides meaningful feedback and targeted coaching? In this blog, the second in a two-part series, we explore how principals can use observation and feedback to support teachers.
Worldwide, hundreds of millions of children reach young adulthood without acquiring even the most basic skills – a phenomenon dubbed "the global learning crisis." Concurrently, few of the principals who oversee these schools exercise strong management practices, which include setting learning targets, using data to guide instruction, observing classrooms, and providing feedback to teachers.