The role of vocational education and training in Palestine in addressing inequality and promoting human development
Hilal, Randa and McGrath, Simon (2016) The role of vocational education and training in Palestine in addressing inequality and promoting human development. Journal of International and Comparative Education, 5 (2). pp. 87-102. ISSN 2289-2567
UNESCO’s new emphasis on vocational education and training as transformative, and concerns in particular with equity and sustainable human development, has been strongly influenced by a recent literature on VET and human development that has a particular focus on the most marginalised, especially young women, and is concerned with how their aspirations, agency and achievement of wellbeing can be promoted in the face of wide-ranging structural obstacles. Drawing on ongoing doctoral work by the first author, this article seeks to further develop that account through an even stronger emphasis on VET in the context of extreme poverty, inequality and marginalisation as faced in Palestine. VET in Palestine serves many of the poorest and most disenfranchised in Palestinian society in a context of profound structural obstacles to wellbeing achievement. Our data shows a very positive story of how VET has helped highly disadvantaged young Palestinians, particularly young women, to make progress on their human development.
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