Education and Social Cohesion for Economic Growth

International Journal of Leadership in Education, Vol. 19(5), p. 617-631, DOI/10.1080/13603124.2014.995721 (2016)

12 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2017

See all articles by Mark Anthony Camilleri

Mark Anthony Camilleri

University of Malta; University of Edinburgh

Adriana Camilleri

University of Bath - Department of Psychology

Date Written: January 20, 2015

Abstract

Relevant theoretical underpinnings suggest that higher education, continuous professional development and training provide numerous opportunities for societal advancement. This contribution posits that interventions in the realms of education can play a significant role in shaping key performance indicators for laudable social outcomes. It suggests that education leadership may contribute to create a fair, just and equitable society for all. This article discusses how education fosters social cohesion. This paper sheds light on Malta’s National Reform Programme in order to meet the European Union’s (EU’s) 2020 strategy. It presents an assessment of the economic, social and environmental situation in Malta. The smallest EU state is pursuing its policy efforts to reduce early school leaving. At the same time, it is striving to address skills gaps (and mismatches) in its domestic labour market. This case study indicates that with better education leadership, there may be implications for economic growth, job creation and competitiveness. It shows that family-friendly measures including better access to childcare, more flexible working schemes and employer incentives can help individuals to return to work. In conclusion, this contribution maintains that the pursuit towards continuous improvements in education leadership and social progress can create a virtuous cycle of productivity outcomes and economic growth.

Keywords: Social Cohesion, Social Inclusion, Social Capital, Social Equity, Labour Market, Employment, Social Policy, Social Responsibility, Women, Child Care Centers

JEL Classification: M00, M1, M10, M12, M14, M5, M50, M52, M53, M54, M59, O1, O10, O15, O52

Suggested Citation

Camilleri, Mark and Camilleri, Adriana, Education and Social Cohesion for Economic Growth (January 20, 2015). International Journal of Leadership in Education, Vol. 19(5), p. 617-631, DOI/10.1080/13603124.2014.995721 (2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2877258

Mark Camilleri (Contact Author)

University of Malta ( email )

Department of Corporate Communication,
Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences
Msida, MSD2080
Malta
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HOME PAGE: http://https://www.um.edu.mt/profile/markacamilleri

University of Edinburgh

27 Buccheluech Place,
The Business School
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JS
United Kingdom

Adriana Camilleri

University of Bath - Department of Psychology ( email )

United Kingdom

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