Research

This project aims to promote the establishment and implementation of coherent and comprehensive lifelong learning strategies and policies at the local level, covering and inter-linking all types (formal, non-formal and informal) and levels of learning (pre-school, primary, secondary, tertiary, adult and continuing vocational education and training), including links to other relevant policy sectors (e.g. access to information, access to work experience, employment and social inclusion). It provides an empirical measure through specific indicators of the achievement and standards of learning in the Western Cape.

Preliminary research, which resulted in the development of indicators, had been conducted by DEDAT in 2005. As a start the indicators were populated in their original form resulting in 18% of indicators being populated. Preliminary investigation suggested that the indicators were not accessible through public means and through secondary data searches. Secondary to this finding, it was found that the definitions of many of the indicators were vague or complex, and require re-definition in terms of their current validity. Moreover, the indicators will have greater social value when then they can be compared relationally across indicators and over a definite historical period. This allows an evaluation of the process to improve lifelong learning in the Western Cape particularly with respect to access, value and practice of lifelong learning.

The result of this will be a public report that broadens discussion and action about our definitions of learning for all purposes on the one hand, and on the other hand, to open access and bridge the gap between the world of work and the world of learning.