What are ABET Courses in South Africa?
ABET, or Adult Basic Education and Training gives the adult learner a firm foundation upon which lifelong learning can take place. It is a great problem in many countries that adults are not literate enough to learn anything further, and by giving the basics of literacy and building a conceptual foundation for them, it enables them to build on this knowledge. This foundation not only comprises literacy, but also other skills and attitudes covering a wide range of conceptions and views. Adults are moved into a mental space where they can better comprehend what is being taught and as a result learning transfer is not only more effectively, but long lasting as well.
ABET is considered to be a flexible platform upon which development is built, and targets particular requirements within specific groups of people. It is also provides a means to obtaining certificates and qualifications that are recognised nationally.
It is estimated that South Africa has a population of more than three million illiterates who can all benefit massively from ABET courses. Not only is their literacy improved but other valuable cornerstones for further learning are set down as well by this valuable training. Even though these courses have their origin in adult literacy classes, it must not be confused with literacy courses and it covers a lot more than just literacy.
All the SETAs in the country have their own course offerings and recognised course levels, and ABET is no exception. Some of these SETAs target only people already employed in the work market, such as the Bank Seta, but others such as the Agriseta have programmes that will include unemployed workers as well. These courses are aimed at making workers more employable through the increase of literacy and numeracy levels.
Within some of the SETAs such as FASSET which makes up the bank and financial services Seta, the literacy and numeracy levels are normally quite high, and there the focus is usually on training the less experienced staff in the workplace. All companies are further widely encouraged to actively participate in these programmes through the Skills Development Act, which allows them to claim levies for ABET courses for their staff.
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