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This page will be regularly updated with project reports and external reports and media which highlight the relevance of the issues addressed by the Effective Education for Employment Project, in its pursuit of a vision for a 21st century education system.

 

Effective Education for Employment Reports

Effective Education for Employment: US Interview Series

Between February and June 2009 the Effective Education for Employment team interviewed prominent education thought leaders and innovators from across the United States. Participants were asked questions relating to the themes of the Effective Education for Employment project, namely: the disconnect between the demands of employers and the output of our current education systems, the implications of a rapidly globalizing world, the impact of technology and what needs to happen to deliver fit for purpose education in the 21st century.

To download a report on these interviews click here.

Effective Education for Employment: New Delhi, India Interview Series

India is, by any reasonable measure, changing at an astonishing rate, creating enormous challenges for its education system. In July 2009 the Effective Education for Employment team interviewed prominent education thought leaders and innovators in New Delhi to see how they are responding to these challenges. Participants were asked questions relating to the themes of the Effective Education for Employment project, namely: the disconnect between the demands of employers and the output of our current education systems, the implications of a rapidly globalizing world and what needs to happen to deliver fit for purpose education in the 21st century.

To download a copy of the report click here.

Effective Education for Employment Focus Group Workshop - New Delhi, India

The idea behind the Effective Education for Employment Vision Workshops is simple: bring together a group of well-respected education experts and industry leaders and ask them to develop a vision for the design and implementation of a 21st century education system. In New Delhi, those present expressed a range of opinions and were passionate about the fundamental need to put education at the heart of India's future.

To download a copy of the report click here.

Effective Education for Employment: Singapore Interview Series

Singapore is often cited as the most business-friendly economy in the world, with a highly skilled workforce. In July 2009 the Effective Education for Employment team interviewed prominent education thought leaders and innovators to see how they are responding to major challenges such as making the transition from a manufacturing to a service sector economy. Participants were asked questions relating to the themes of the Effective Education for Employment project, namely: the disconnect between the demands of employers and the output of our current education systems and what needs to happen to deliver fit for purpose education in the 21st century.

To download a copy of the report click here.

Effective Education for Employment Focus Group Workshop - Singapore

Continuing the Effective Education for Employment Vision Workshops, the focus group session in Singapore brought together a group of well-respected education experts and industry leaders and asked them to develop a vision for the design and implementation of a 21st century education system. In Singapore, those present expressed a range of opinions and were passionate about building links between policy makers, the private education sector and Industry.

To download a copy of the report click here.

Effective Education for Employment: Cape Town Interview Series

Although South Africa is often described as the powerhouse of Sub Saharan Africa, it is still a country facing daunting social and economic challenges. In July 2009 the Effective Education for Employment team interviewed prominent education thought leaders and innovators in Cape Town to see how they are responding to major challenges such as large differences between rich and poor. Participants were asked questions relating to the themes of the Effective Education for Employment project, namely: the disconnect between the demands of employers and the output of our current education systems and what needs to happen to deliver fit for purpose education in the 21st century.

To download a copy of the report click here.

Effective Education for Employment Focus Group Workshop - Cape Town

Continuing the Effective Education for Employment Vision Workshops, the focus group session in Cape Town brought together a group of well-respected education experts and industry leaders and asked them to develop a vision for the design and implementation of a 21st century education system. In Cape Town, those present expressed a range of opinions and were passionate about creating increased educational opportunities for an under-skilled workforce.

To download a copy of the report click here.

Effective Education for Employment: Warsaw Interview Series

Poland is often cited as having one of the strongest economies of the former communist countries in Eastern Europe with a successful transition from a centrally planned to a largely market driven economy in 1989. Education is seen as key to ensuring that Poland's future workforce is able to exploit the potentials of the globalized marketplace and appreciate and fully benefit from their role as a member state of the European Union. Participants were asked questions relating to the themes of the Effective Education for Employment project, namely: the disconnect between the demands of employers and the output of our current education systems, the implications of a rapidly globalizing world, and what needs to happen to deliver fit for purpose education in the 21st century.

To download a copy of the report click here.

External Reports

Education for the future - Promoting changes in policies and practices: the way forward

Source: Organisation for Economic and Co-operation and Development (2009)
Summary: Angel Gurra, OECD Secretary-General discusses the "greatest job crisis of our lives" and the rising unemployment in the OECD. He highlights the role of developing 21st Century skills in combating this crisis and the need for reform of educational systems. Delivered at the Education Ministerial Round Table, UNESCO, his vision stresses the need for multilateral cooperation and an ability to "learn from each other".

Obama addresses school kids

Source: White House (YouTube) (2009)
Summary: President Obama outlines his vision of education's future on the first day of school in the United States.

Skills for Improved Productivity, Employment Growth and Development

Source: International Labor Organization (ILO) (2008)
Summary: Skills development policy typically is focused around three objectives: meet demand, mitigate costs, and sustain development. As such, this report addresses specific policies and initiatives necessary to foster a pro-development environment, outlining recommendations to create pathways between schools, training institutions, businesses, and governments.