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
Date Written: January 20, 2015
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
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