Learning a Living is a timely, engaging and original contribution
to the debate over the relationship between education, innovation,
work and the workforce. The acute concerns around rising
unemployment, especially amongst the young (in the context of the
global recession) will benefit from this authoritative contribution
which highlights fresh thinking, inspiring practice, and ways of
encouraging the spread of such practice. The book explores the
major trends shaping education for work, highlights success stories
from around the world and features interviews and portraits of key
figures, pioneering thinkers and learners, all illustrated with
outstanding photography. It identifies common themes of the
successful programmes featured - vital to thinking about how to
scale up. Initiatives included 1. Big Picture Learning, USA is a
highly successful network of schools, now international, which
incorporates sustained internship and entrepreneurship learning
into every student's experience 2. Rising Sun Energy Centre
operates across California, providing workforce development and
employment that creates green pathways for young people and adults
3. La Bastilla Technical Agricultural School, Nicaragua, in
partnership with NGO Teach A Man to Fish, is an example of a
self-sustaining model of education, running seven businesses and
providing students with practical, hands-on learning opportunities
and business experience. 4. Lumiar Schools, Brazil are primary
schools based in the state of Sao Paolo which follow a
project-based curriculum shaped around the students' interests. The
schools have 'tutors' - responsible for the pastoral support of the
students - and 'masters', experts from the local community who work
part time to design projects in collaboration with the students. 5.
LOYAC, Kuwait works to enable young Kuwaitis to enter the workforce
effectively and successfully through preparatory programmes of
internship, community service, leadership development and creative
arts. 6. INJAZ, Morocco is a social enterprise bridging the gap
between education and work by engaging business to work as
volunteers teaching entrepreneurialism to high school and
university students 7. Jordan Career Education Foundation (JCEF),
aims to reduce unemployment amongst Jordanians, and establish a new
generation of confident professional leaders. It focuses on the
demand for skills, and intentionally seeks out excluded groups to
train for employment opportunities 8. Silver Human Resources
Centre, Japan is a network of centres and community hubs which
offer retirees aged 60 and above community-based work and
intergenerational training in skills such as IT and translation on
a flexible basis. 9. South University of Science and technology of
China (SUSTC) is a newly-established independent university
initiated by the Shenzhen authorities out of a desire to transform
the local economy from one that is predominantly
manufacturing-based to one that is at the cutting edge of
technology and innovation 10. Infosys, India is a successful
multinational software company, whose global education centre
exemplifies 'corporate universities' and trains 20,000 new
graduates a year to become highly skilled professionals - and
exemplars of their corporate values. 11. BRAC, Bangladesh: the
worlds biggest NGO, founded in Bangladesh and now working
internationally to catalyse human development. Programmes span from
primary schooling to microfinance, and from university education to
ethical banking. 12. Widows' Alliance Network (WANE), Ghana is an
organization empowering widows to understand their human rights,
and learn skills to start small businesses. Founded by Akumaa Mama
Zimbi, a national television and radio star who is using her
celebrity to spread the message across the country and the
continent. 13. Smallholders' Rural Radio, Nigeria: an NGO
broadcasting a radio show to farmers that helps them to learn
modern farming methods, improve the quality of their crops and
increase their yield. 14. 2ie, Burkina Faso: a pan-African
University, specializing in engineering, water and the environment.
Students learn to be entrepreneurs and technical experts in order
to tackle Africa's major challenges and help shape the future of
the continent. 15. Omnia, Finland is a 10,000 strong multi-sector,
multi-site vocational training provider serving 3 municipalities.
It is working to reshape vocational training (including
apprenticeship) to be more attractive, relevant, career-oriented,
innovative, accessible and flexible.
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