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


Complexities and challenges in the world around food security and poverty are bringing communities to the near brink of collapse. This paper explores how social learning, education, and management skills can enable communities to actively participate in their development and sustain resources. The aim is to develop desirable traits amongst communities to create resilience and change through social learning, self-management, and resource management. Qualitative data were generated from literature, a case study of Nog community in the Free state and a purposively sampled respondent group of six lecturers using interviews and reflections. Data were categorised and analysed into themes. It was found that higher education lays the foundation for knowledge and management skills that are replicated through social learning which result in the acquisition and application of sustainable principles. The study is underpinned by (Bandura and Walters, 1977) social learning theory essential for modelling desirable traits and management skills for people to learn and change from self-defeating tendencies. This study proposes an ongoing partnership and engagement between higher education and communities for the development of resilient, resourceful, capable, and healthy communities. The implication is that government is unable to curb the increasing population and to cater for the increased needs of communities. It is thus concluded that social learning, education, and management skills can influence positive results that contribute towards communities managing change and adopting sustainable strategies that enables resilience, self-sufficiency to create a sustainable and a healthy society.

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Pulane Adelaide Molomo, Central University of Technology, South Africa

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Conference: ACE2023
Stream: Education

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Molomo P. (2024) Educating Communities for Survival: Building, Resilience, Sustainability, and a Healthy Society ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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