Innovative Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement (ISESE)
Results for Development Institute, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation
Job creation and income generation are vital for economic growth in developing countries. This in turn depends on the availability of an appropriately-educated and properly skilled workforce with knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for work in the globalized economy. However, both limited enrolment and poor quality of secondary education in developing countries mean that youth do not acquire the skills needed for employment and income generation. The movement towards knowledge-based industries makes the completion of at least quality, relevant secondary school particularly critical. Additionally, the expansion of primary education is increasing demand for secondary education in developing countries.Read More (+)
Over the past year, Results for Development (R4D) has worked with regional partners in Africa and Asia to examine employer needs, explore existing curricula systems, and identify existing innovative skills delivery models. These background studies include broad reviews of issues related to skills, education, and economic development, as well as in-depth studies of 12 focus countries across Africa and Asia. Drawing on key findings from the regional and thematic background research, R4D produced two synthesis reports on skills for employability and innovative models for skills delivery, respectively.
Our research reveals the importance of transferrable and non-cognitive skills, particularly for the informal economy. Improving pedagogy is also central to increasing youth employability in developing countries. Key features of particularly successful models identified include an emphasis on multi-stakeholder partnerships, updated pedagogy, and innovative financing mechanisms to improve access, quality and relevance of skills at the secondary level.
Based on these findings, we are now conducting an in-depth analysis of a selection of innovative models to better understand the opportunities and constraints of scaling up programs that effectively deliver relevant 21st century skills. A regional convening is being planned to share and test findings with a wider group of stakeholders, and a final report consisting of our findings and recommendations will be published and shared in early 2013.
The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) was established in 1973, and is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. CODESRIA conducts research on the social sciences and works to promote dialogue between researchers in Africa and those outside the continent.
On the ISESE project, CODESRIA is working to explore the skills needed for employability in sub-Saharan Africa. The research will consist of three sections: (i) skills for employability in Francophone Africa, with a particular focus on Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal, (ii) skills for employability in Anglophone Africa, with a particular focus on Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and (iii) a discussion of why there may be differences in skills between Francophone and Anglophone Africa.
Dalberg Global Development Advisors is a strategic consulting firm that works exclusively to raise living standards in developing countries and address global issues like climate change. The firm’s work helps governments, foundations, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, and Fortune 500 companies to make sustainable improvements in the lives of disadvantaged and underserved populations around the world. Founded in 2001, Dalberg now has a diverse global team with 11 offices around the world. They bring expertise gained in the private sector to bear on problems commonly dealt with in the public and non-profit spheres.
On the ISESE project, Dalberg is working to provide an overview of the skills needed in the informal economy in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and is specifically examining the skills needed by the informal economy to effectively contribute to growth. Dalberg will be conducting a deep dive study on Kenya, Senegal, India and Cambodia.
The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) is housed within the University of Ghana. It was established in 1962, and serves to provide research, data and analysis in the social sciences.
On the ISESE project, ISSER is working on two different research papers. The first paper examines the skills that are currently emphasized by secondary school curricula and educators in Sub-Saharan Africa. The second paper will provide an overview of the current state of secondary education as well as a summary of innovative models to deliver education and skills to secondary aged students. Both papers will cover both Francophone and Anglophone sub-regions, with a broad overview on: Benin, Burkina Faso, Senegal; and Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. A deep dive study will focus on Benin, Ghana and Kenya.
The National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) is based in New Delhi, India and its history goes back to 1962. NUEPA’s work focuses on capacity building and research in education, and its geographic focus extends across South Asia.
On the ISESE project, NUEPA is working on three different research papers. The first paper explores the skills needed for employability in South Asia, with a particular focus on Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. The second paper will examine the skills that are currently emphasized by secondary school curricula and educators in South and Southeast Asia, with a broad review of: India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan; Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam; and a deep dive study of India and Thailand. The third paper will provide an overview of the current state of secondary education in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, as well as a summary of innovative models to deliver education and skills to secondary school aged students, with a deep dive study focused on India.
The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), housed in Bangkok, Thailand, was established in 1984 as a non-profit public policy research institute. It conducts policy research and analysis related to long-term social and economic development in Thailand, with an extensive network of partner organizations abroad.
On the ISESE project, TDRI will be undertaking two different research papers. The first paper explores the skills needed for employability in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The second paper will provide an overview of the current state of secondary education in Southeast Asia, as well as a summary of innovative models to deliver education and skills to secondary school aged students, with a deep dive study on innovative models in Thailand.
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