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Mumsie Sibusisiwe Gumede

Mumie Gumede

Sibusisiwe Gumede

BSc - University of Botswana; Med (Environmental Education) - Rhodes University

Dissertation working title: Investigating educational elements that contribute towards access and transitioning into and within the Green Economy in South Africa: with the view to informing the emergent skills development in the green economy. A case of educationally marginalised youth in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

The research focuses on existing and possible elements of educational access to and within the green economy for the educationally marginalised youth in South African. In other words, this includes change and movement into the green economy as well as movement inside the green economy for those already functioning in the realm of the green economy.

The research interest stems from burgeoning numbers of youth, 4 million out of 11 million who are not in employed, education or training (NEET). A large percentage, 64% of those, currently cannot access tertiary training through regular educational pathways because they have either dropped out before grade 12 or are part of the 30% that have received extremely poor results in their grade 12 examination attempts. This has rendered them unemployed with no functional skills or qualifications to engage in the economy. The interest is also triggered by the current global and national advancement of the green economy as a gateway to new employment opportunities within the framework of sustainable development.

The study takes an interpretative approach by recreating the biographies of 9 -12 youths aged between 19 and 34  and 4 to 8 programme managers who are already involved in the green economy. The biographies form vignettes that are part of a nested case study of three sites: Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg and Durban.  The biographies will be interrogated using Pierre Bourdieu Capitals Theory as the metatheory, and Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach as a substantive theory. As it is a study looking at successes stories, it will also use Arjun Appadurai’s Capacity to aspire to strengthen the cultural approach to the future and hope seeing that this is a study of hope.

The study therefore takes place within the broader realm of the emergent green economy engagement in South Africa and the United Nations Education, Science Culture Organisation (UNESCO) led Education for Sustainable Development Global Action Plan (GAP) of which South Africa is a signatory, and which emphasises giving attention to opportunities for youth.

Supervisor: Prof . Heila Sisitka

Organisational affiliations: Secretary General of EEASA www.eeasa.org.za  
Sibusisiwe is currently the secretary general of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa and the focal point for the GAP on ESD Partner Networks on Priority Action Area 3. https://en.unesco.org/events/first-meeting-global-action-programme-education-sustainable-development-gap-partner-networks
Keywords: Educational elements, marginalised youth, capabilities, capitals, green economy

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