Author Archive | Simon McGrath

28 October 2013. Nyala:  A participant of the UNAMID DDR in Nyala final evaluation survey for Vocational and Skills Training for 150 at risk youth selected from South Darfur targeted localities. They received vocational and skills training on metalwork and welding, water network and drainage (plumbing), diesel engine mechanics, cars electric, general electricity, sewing, food processing and nutrition, computer networks and internet, programming. Photo Hamid Abdulsalam.

The limits of VET inclusion in Africa (The VET Africa 4.0 project)

This blog was written by Fran Abrams, Chief Executive at the Education Media Centre, Jo-Anna Russon, Research Fellow, VET Africa 4.0, and Simon McGrath, UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development at the University of Nottingham. It was written as part of a ‘Writing for the Web’ workshop for the VET Africa 4.0 project. The […]

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Skills for Human Development

This blog was written by Simon McGrath and Lesley Joy Powell, authors of the new book, ‘Skills for Human Development: Transforming Vocational Education and Training’, published by Routledge. Simon McGrath is UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development at the University of Nottingham and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, […]

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An opportunity to meet and check we have been heading in the right direction

Simon McGrath reflects on the Conference theme and what we might expect in September. Learning and Teaching for Sustainable Development This year’s UKFIET Conference takes place two years after the agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals. We are now at a moment where there is a push both to raise the levels of international funding […]

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What does the UK Aid Strategy mean for education and development?

The UK Government has released a new aid strategy. That is, a government-wide strategy for aid, not a DFID strategy. The potential advantages and disadvantages of this have been raised elsewhere, as has the stress on “the national interest” throughout the document (see and However, here the focus is on what it means […]

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A Post-2015 Skills Sub-Goal: Confusion still Reigns

The most recent UKFIET-DfID discussion on Post-2015 goals for education, co-convened and hosted by ODI, well captured the richness of the challenges inherent in the larger project of getting education into the goals and sub-goals and protecting the far larger set of educational concerns that cannot be contained within these goals. However, I was struck […]

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