ETF Yearbook 2006 - Skills Development for Poverty Reduction

Poverty anywhere in the world affects us all. Apart from immense personal suffering, it causes social unrest and instability, which in turn are major causes of displacement, fractured societies and even deeper poverty. In the past 50 years, European countries have convincingly proved that educationand training are tremendously powerful tools to help people escape poverty and break through traditional social barriers into a world of opportunities for gainful employment, bringing dignity and self-respect. As such, Europe has much experience to offer its neighbouring regions in how education and training can be deployed to combat poverty. Its huge array of policies that over the years have contributed to the current European learning climate can be a source of inspiration and information that can greatly help policy makers in other countries to develop their own ways of tackling the challenges of poverty with the help of education and training. Much of the work presented in this publication is rooted in or developed further from the proceedings of the ETF Advisory Forum triennial conference held in June 2006 in Turin. The ETF Yearbook has the dual aim of helping ETF to reflect on their experience and to share it with colleagues in the European Union, in the ETF's partner countries and in the wider international education and training community.
Poverty anywhere in the world affects us all. Apart from immense personal suffering, it causes social unrest and instability, which in turn are major causes of displacement, fractured societies and even deeper poverty. In the past 50 years, European countries have convincingly proved that educationand training are tremendously powerful tools to help people escape poverty and break through traditional social barriers into a world of opportunities for gainful employment, bringing dignity and self-respect. As such, Europe has much experience to offer its neighbouring regions in how education and training can be deployed to combat poverty. Its huge array of policies that over the years have contributed to the current European learning climate can be a source of inspiration and information that can greatly help policy makers in other countries to develop their own ways of tackling the challenges of poverty with the help of education and training. Much of the work presented in this publication is rooted in or developed further from the proceedings of the ETF Advisory Forum triennial conference held in June 2006 in Turin. The ETF Yearbook has the dual aim of helping ETF to reflect on their experience and to share it with colleagues in the European Union, in the ETF’s partner countries and in the wider international education and training community.