Education is an essential component of the reconstruction, development and transformation of South African society. The government's policy for Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) must be understood within the overarching goal of building a just and equitable system which provides good quality education and training to adult learners throughout the country.
ABET - Adult Basic Education and Training is the conceptual foundation toward lifelong skills learning and development. Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) is available to adults who want to finish their basic education. An outcomes-based programme, ABET aims to provide basic learning tools, knowledge and skills, and provides participants with nationally recognised qualifications. See the various links below to find out which courses are available in your area.

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There are an estimated 3.3 million illiterate adults in South Africa. The Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) initiative aims to reduce this number by offering foundational learning programmes to motivated people.

While the classroom is primarily seen as a place for children more adults are going back to school to better their lives.

A lack of education and training can be a major stumbling block in life, but the good news is that it's never too late to get qualified.

Adult basic education and training is the general conceptual foundation towards lifelong learning and development, comprising of knowledge, skills and attitudes required for social, economic and political participation and transformation applicable to a range of contexts. ABET is flexible, developmental and targeted at the specific needs of particular audiences and, ideally, provides access to nationally recognised certificates.

Umalusi has approved the release of the Benchmark Assessment Agency 2014 GETC AET Level 4 results. Umalusi found the pilot exam process credible and was not compromised in any way.

Mustadafin Foundation is giving families in the Cape Flats the gift of imagination and
confidence thanks to their adult literacy programme. Their aim is to help adults to
better their lives and become more self-reliant through reading, writing and numeracy.

ABET builds a foundation for those who need it because it is not basic by any means.
It equips people for workplaces and active citizenship, and gives life to further
education and training.

An innovative educational initiative called "Open Mind? will offer short evening
courses for adults to stimulate their brains, feed their general knowledge and
enrich their lives.

Umalusi accreditation is a status granted to a provider that has completed a
stringent quality assurance process that attests to the quality of training it

The learner population in ABET used to consist of lliterate mature adults who never
went to school, now anyone older than 15 who is not enrolled in formal schooling can
complete their education through ABET. How is this trend impacting the system?

Adult basic education and training or ABET has many challenges. Facilitators often have to encourage ABET learners and make them aware of the benefits of this form of learning. In this feature, ABET professionals, offer some good advice on motivating adult learners.

Media Works and Wits School of Adult Education have together launched Sign Adult Basic Education and Training materials, enabling deaf learners to work towards qualifying for the equivalent of Grade 9 and gaining decent employment.

On completing the two-year challenge of translating all its documents into SA's 11 offical languages, Media Works - a company offering training in multimedia education development - is taking on a new challenge: one that involves mother tongues and the deaf and blind.





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