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South Korea's education and skills development : Some lesson for Africa

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  • South Korea's education and skills development
  • Mckay, John
  • The South African Institute of International Affairs


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Title South Korea's education and skills development
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Some lesson for Africa

Material Type Reports
Author(English)

Mckay, John

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Braamfontein:The South African Institute of International Affairs

Date 2005
Series Title; No Global Best Practice; Report / 2
ISBN 1-919969-30-6
Pages 46
Subject Country Africa(Africa)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Education
Holding Africa Portal

Abstract

This report focuses on the phenomenal educational success of South Korea since the 1960s.The paper is divided into four parts. First, I look at the essential cultural and historical elements and assess the place of education in Korean thought and practice. Second, I analyse the Korean development experience since 1961, and the part education has played within the economic miracle. I then turn to the challenges posed by the very success of the Korean drive to modernity and by the broader forces of globalisation. Third, I attempt to draw the main lessons from this entire experience, and evaluate the level of success that Korea's approaches have enjoyed, and finally, discuss what relevance these experiences have for Africa, and develop a list of lessons as they appear to me. My argument is that there are indeed some important implications for Africa, but if an educational approach inspired by Korea's success is to be attempted, some essential prerequisites must be attended to.