Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
Community Education and Training in South Africa
Adult learning systems play a crucial role in helping people adapt to the changing
world of work and develop relevant skills. Community Education and Training has been
brought forward as a possible way to foster adult learning in South Africa, especially
among disadvantaged groups. South Africa has a relatively large group of adults who
have low levels of education and skills, and limited opportunities for skills development.
This report looks at the potential role that Community Education and Training could
play in South Africa, how the system should be financed, how to align the training
offer with community needs, and how to ensure high-quality provision. The report provides
international good practise examples and suggests actions that South African stakeholders
might consider to develop the Community Education and Training system.