Alternative Education and Return Pathways for Out-of-School Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa

| March 6, 2019

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Being out-of-school means one has a very low chance of accessing relevant basic knowledge and skills, and the certificates to signal them. It also erects barriers to dignified and fulfilling employment, well-being, poverty reduction and economic growth, at the household, community and national levels. The literature proposes three approaches to mitigate this problem. These include: (i) remediation through alternative education; (ii) integration into the labor market through non-formal education and/or technical, vocational education and training (TVET); and, (iii) retention of at-risk youth in school. However, there is less focus on re-entry into formal education especially at the secondary level. One of the key factors for a successful transition to work is education and training.

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