The Contextualisation of 21st Century Skills

Our efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4, “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”, bring to mind Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland “If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take”.

This volume describes an endeavour to identify where we are, relative to where we want to go. Reflecting priorities in East Africa, insights are provided into how cultural perspectives about twenty-first century skills can act as aids to their measurement, in the face of continuing global differences in the understanding of the nature and identity of these competencies. The volume describes the Assessment of Life Skills and Values (ALiVE) initiative in East Africa which has engaged in a research-based endeavour to develop a contextualised set of tools to measure life skills and values through household-based assessment. Download

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