Transitioning Toward Multiple and Flexible Education and Skills Pathways to Work or Further Study

Series: Serendipity Knowledge Program for Sri Lanka

Transitioning Toward Multiple and Flexible Education and Skills Pathways to Work or Further Study

16 November 2023
Sri Lanka

Serendipity Knowledge Program (SKOP) is an ADB platform dedicated to identifying knowledge solutions for Sri Lanka’s development challenges. Serendib is one of Sri Lanka’s ancient names and serendipity refers to a fortunate fi­nding, which is a common occurrence throughout the history of product invention and scientific discovery. ADB established this new knowledge program in 2021 in line with its vision as a knowledge solutions bank.

The education and skills sector in Sri Lanka has faced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent macroeconomic crisis. Recognizing the urgent need for education and skills reforms to achieve economic stability and development, the Government has formulated a National Education Policy Framework 2023-2033.

This SKOP event served as a platform to explore both the opportunities and challenges associated with policy, regulatory, and institutional changes in Sri Lanka’s education and skills sector. The event brought together international experts, along with local stakeholders from the public and private sectors to share insights. The discussions focused on transitioning towards multiple and flexible education and skills pathways between secondary, technical, and vocational education and training, and higher education, ultimately leading to employment or further studies.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
16 Nov 2023 Session 1: Panel Discussion - The importance of education reform to introduce multiple learning pathways Transitioning to Multiple and Flexible Pathways to Work or Further Study – The Australian Experience
This presentation gives an overview of Australia's journey to vocational pathways.
Barry Charles Peddle
16 Nov 2023 Session 2: Presentation on multi-country comparative study on pathways between TVET and higher education followed by discussion Linking Vocational to Higher Education
This presentative gives an overview of how linking vocational (TVET) and higher/tertiary education can help enable upward social mobility in education
Johannes Karl Schmees


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