Transformative education interventions are needed to expand the status and scope of vocational education for decent, sustainable work.
Across the TESF Network, there were several projects focussing on Education for Sustainable Livelihoods worked on vocational preparation for decent, sustainable work. This included community education and social learning alongside formal education, TVET and training.
Projects found that vocational education and training is a marginalised topic, often considered inferior to formal education, and is often inaccessible to socially excluded communities who need the skills and training to transition to sustainable livelihoods. Sites of learning are incredibly important for the purpose of inclusivity, and include spaces such as community centres, gardens, digital spaces, kitchens, and most notably under a tree. Commonalities across all projects included a consideration of the barriers to economic participation and creating sustainability consciousness through learning.
Research participants were from the underserved, the vulnerable and those at an economic disadvantage. The research projects gave them a voice.
Read our Call to Action and evidence informed recommendations for transformative education that can strengthen sustainable livelihoods.
This Call to Action is one of six: