It has become axiomatic that there is a strong relationship between
basic education and poverty reduction. This has tended to overshadow the
role of other components of education and training in efforts to reduce
poverty. In this paper, the authors seek to illustrate the importance of
a holistic focus on the role of education and training in poverty
strategies through an exploration of the case of South Africa. South
Africa is crucial to the reduction of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa,
both as a country where approximately 20 million people are considered
to be in poverty and as the most likely engine of pro-poor growth for
the rest of the region.
A focus on post-basic education and training (PBET) as a major tool in
poverty reduction in South Africa requires a consideration of the
specific pattern of development of South Africa through colonialism,
Apartheid and ten years of democracy in order to better understand the
nature of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Such an analysis also
requires links to be made between these broader issues of
underdevelopment and inequity and the evolution of education and
training over the last century.
Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK, 47 pp.
Post-Basic Education and Training and Poverty Reduction in South Africa: Progress to 2004 and Vision to 2014. Post-Basic Education and Training Working Paper Series - Nº2