An African Exploration of the East Asian Education by Jee-Peng Tan, Fredriksen Birger

By Jee-Peng Tan, Fredriksen Birger

'An African Exploration of the East Asian schooling event' takes inventory of schooling improvement in East Asia during the last 5 a long time, delivering case reports on 4 East Asian international locations (Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) and one ecu state (Ireland) and referring to them to the academic demanding situations confronted by way of African international locations this day. The neighborhood, comparative viewpoint advantages from the insights won in the course of a 2006 research journey of Singapore and Vietnam for senior schooling officers from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar, and Mozambique. The publication is on of a couple of concurrently-published books offering fabrics initially built for the tour.

The moment e-book, 'Toward a greater Future', offers a entire research of schooling improvement in Singapore seeing that 1965, giving specific consciousness to the strategic administration that has enabled Singapore to remodel its schooling and coaching method from one just like that of many Sub-Saharan Africa nations 4 many years in the past into one of many world's best-performing systems.

Together, the 2 books goal to foster wisdom trade among Sub-Saharan African and East Asian nations on stable practices within the layout and implementation of schooling rules and courses. through facilitating the cross-country fertilization of principles among areas with really constrained touch long ago, those books fill a transparent hole within the present literature on improvement perform in schooling.

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Typically, these boards include a large number of industry leaders who give direction to the design of course curricula to maintain a tight link to the professional world. Interestingly, the chapters on Korea, Thailand, and Ireland all show that similar concerns arose in these countries regarding the need to ensure close links between education and economic development. And they have responded with approaches that resemble those used in Singapore and Vietnam. VALIDATING THE IMPORTANCE OF TVET For most participants, the discussions on TVET and the visits to TVET institutions in Singapore and Vietnam were perhaps the single-most interesting aspect of the study tour.

It is entering the equivalent of the efficiency phase experienced in Singapore, but the country is simultaneously attempting to leapfrog toward the knowledge-driven phase (and perhaps also the ability-driven phase). The desire to strengthen and expand TVET is strong, and some of the arrangements that worked in Singapore (for example, governance structures that engaged industry leaders in determining the course curricula) are being scaled up in Vietnam. Thailand likewise gave strong priority to achieving universal primary education, reaching a GER of about 83 percent in 1970 and 96 percent in 1980.

Such practices not only put education at the center of the development agenda, but also ensure that it stays on track in implementation. At the institutional level, particularly in Singapore’s vocational and technical training institutions, this integrated approach is evident in the composition of their governing boards. Typically, these boards include a large number of industry leaders who give direction to the design of course curricula to maintain a tight link to the professional world. Interestingly, the chapters on Korea, Thailand, and Ireland all show that similar concerns arose in these countries regarding the need to ensure close links between education and economic development.

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