Role of technical/vocational education in informal sector development: a research report of a case study of Siyaso industries in Harare
conference contributionposted on 05.05.2006, 11:24 authored by N.N. Chinyamunzore
This study was undertaken to establish the role of education in the development of the informal industrial sector in Zimbabwe. The research used qualitative research methodologies in an attempt to explain the phenomena. A case study using in-depth interviews and observations was carried out with a sample from those working in the 'home industry'. The researcher's own experiences were also used to solicit and interpret data. Findings showed that while the operators had some education they seemed to be contented with it; the operators tended to use experiences gained in the past to complement their technical and vocational skills in their activities. A closer look showed that there was need for training in various trades and management skills to improve their operations. Those with better education tended to excel in their activities. The research, therefore, suggests that an establishment should be required to look into the technical and vocational educational needs of the informal sector in Zimbabwe. The educational needs should, inter alia, satisfy the needs which should help to develop the informal industrial sector.
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