Educating Communities for Survival: Building, Resilience, Sustainability and a Healthy Society (75774)

Session Information: Adult, Lifelong & Distance Learning
Session Chair: Pulane Molomo

Friday, 24 November 2023 09:50
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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Complexities and challenges in the world are bringing communities to the brink of collapse. This paper explores how social learning and education can instill desirable traits for communities to take charge of their situation. The aim is to sustain communities through education and social learning to help them to develop desirable traits. Qualitative data was generated from literature, two case studies and a purposively sampled respondent group of six lecturers and twelve students in a South African university, using interviews and focus group discussions. Data was categorised and analysed into themes. It was found that education lays the foundation for knowledge and skills which is replicated through social learning, by developing sustainability and self-efficacy principles. The study is underpinned by Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy essential for building motivation, self-belief, and self-regulation essential for people to change from self-defeating tendencies. This study proposes ongoing partnership and engagement between higher education and communities to, restore communities with the implication of bringing change and sustainability. The implication is that government is unable to curb the increasing population and to cater for people’s increased needs. It is concluded that social learning and education have the power to bring positive results, make people to believe in themselves, and adopt sustainable virtues that enables resilience, and the creation of a healthy society.

Authors:
Pulane Molomo, Central University of Technology, South Africa


About the Presenter(s)
Dr Pulane Molomo is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at Central University of Technology in South Africa

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