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Education and Training for Rural Transformation

Education and Training for Rural Transformation
Skills, Jobs, Food and Green Future to Combat Poverty

  • WANG Li - Professor and Deputy Director, UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED), Beijing
  • Manzoor Ahmed - Professor Emeritus, Institute of Educational Development, BRAC University, Bangladesh
  • Qutub Khan - Advisor, UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED), Beijing
  • MENG Hongwei - Professor, China National Institute for Educational Research, China

© 2016 | 336 pages | SAGE India

This book explores how education along with training and skill development are vital to building a sustainable future.

While half of the world’s population now is urban, in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the proportions of rural people range from 55 to 70 per cent. In this context, education is seen as a key instrument for shaping and fulfilling the goal of rural transformation.

The book focuses on the links between education and rural transformation, seeking to underscore the inexorable forces of change rural communities face and how education and training, by equipping people with appropriate knowledge and skills and fostering values of human dignity, can expand their choices and capabilities to exercise these choices.

UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) decided to examine closely the issues of skill development within its broad mission of exploring concepts, policy and practices in education for rural transformation. The confluence of global forces and national situations, especially in the poorer countries and regions of the world, prompted UNESCO-INRULED to take this decision. These forces and factors include persistent and growing gaps between supply and demand for jobs and employment for young people, growing vulnerabilities and risks for poor people, threats to food security, and the urgency of building a sustainable green future.


Foreword by Qian Tang
Overview: Challenges and Policy Implications
Skills and Jobs for Rural Transformation – Why and What
Education, Training and Skills to Combat Rural Poverty
Skills and Jobs for Food Security and Agricultural Development
Skills and Jobs for a Green Future
Roles, Responsibilities and Challenges: A Framework for Policy and Action
Good Practices, Measurement of Skills, Statistical Tables
Annex I Good Practices in Skills Development: Selected Case Studies
Annex II Measurement of Skills for People in Rural Transformation
Annex III Statistical Tables

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Wang Li is currently Professor and Deputy Director at UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED) in Beijing, China. Originally qualifying as an engineer in the area of water resources, then studied at United Nations University (UNU) in Geothermal Utilization, and then did his PhD in Comparative Study from Australia. He was employed by the Agricultural University of Hebei as a teaching assistant; then lecturer, Associate Professor and full Professor in 1995. In 1994 he was one of the persons responsible for setting up the UNESCO International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education (INRULED). In... More About Author

Manzoor Ahmed

Manzoor Ahmed is Professor Emeritus at BRAC University, Dhaka. He was the Founding Director of the Institute of Educational Development at BRAC University. He served for over two decades in different positions in UNICEF including those of Senior Education Advisor and Country Director in China, Ethiopia and Japan. He has been closely associated with the work of the UNESCO International Centre for Training and Research on Rural Education located in Beijing Normal University. He is the author of several books and has written extensively on education and development, educational planning, and non-formal education. More About Author

Qutub Khan

Qutub Khan (30 June 1947–3 December 2017) started his career as an Associate Professor of Economics in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and Delhi University in 1967. After working for about 10 years, he joined UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning (UNESCO–IIEP) in 1979 as a Consultant. He worked at UNESCO headquarters and its regional and field offices and retired from UNESCO in 2009 as the Regional EFA and Literacy Coordinator for the Arab States. During his service with UNESCO, he participated in several international and national conferences, prepared policy documents and provided technical assistance to the... More About Author

MENG Hongwei

MENG Hongwei received his bachelor degree in 1968 from Beijing University, China, Master’s degree in Education and Psychology in 1981 from Beijing Normal University and PhD in Educational Evaluation in1992 from the University of Hong Kong. From 1995 to 2000, he was the President-elect for Asia-Pacific Association of Educational Assessment; and from 2000 to 2003, he was a member of the Governing Board of UNESCO Institute of Statistics.He has 32 years of professional experience as international and national consultant on education monitoring and evaluation projects in China, DPRK, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Namibia, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789351509004