This volume seeks to critically engage with South Africa's current skills development strategy and to analyse the prospects for a successful upskilling of the population. As the first major South African study within the current international debate on high skills, it is an important and original contribution to the international literature, as well as a major addition to the discourse on South African education, training and development. With chapters by leading South African academics, this collection also includes articles by world-recognised experts on skillsformation systems.
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One of the daunting challenges facing South Africa in the contemporary period is that of achieving social cohesion. Educational institutions should be at the cutting edge of the project to weave a common identity whilst promoting respect for difference. It was this challenge that motivated us to convene colloquia in 2003 and 2006 to discuss the current state of school desegregation and innovative ways to forge ahead in the complex processes of dismantling the legacies of the past and creating inclusive paradigms for our classrooms.