Sustainable Development Relevant to All Disciplines

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sustainable development is not only for business, economics or accounting, but for all other disciplines, says the education specialist in higher education in the Commonwealth of learning, Dr Godson Gatsha.

Speaking at a public lecture on Learning for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century: The Role of Higher Education, Dr Gatsha said all needed to have sustainable development, so that future leaders that were being trained in different institutions could make wise decisions.

He said in making the decision, they should ensure that the country did not suffer the repercussion that had been experienced over the decade and safeguard the socio economic development that protect the environment that improves quality of life style.

About people skills, he said, some of the questions to be pondered included amongst others, universities teaching “people skills” to find out if such teachings cover sustainable development, and if so why the high number of unemployed graduates worldwide.

Dr Gatsha said universities had been focusing more on cognitive skills and competences rather than on non-cognitive skills, adding that without offering people skills, graduates would actually not make it beyond the interview stage. He, however, said teaching people skills included critical issues such as ethics, leadership and interpersonal skills.

Dr Gatsha said there was a report from the Botswana Training Authority and the Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) that elaborated on mismatch between universities or tertiary institutions, and the disturbing gap that exists on what industries require.

He said for many people learning enriches their lives and gives them an opportunity to give back to their communities, adding that could be realised only if people enjoyed the good outcome of their education.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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