Def­i­ni­tion of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion

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WHiLE we ap­pre­ci­ate the con­ver­gence into in­ter­na­tional mar­kets/ glob­al­i­sa­tion, we be­lieve that our na­tional iden­tity preser­va­tion re­mains key for re­source­ful hu­man cap­i­tal.

Our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem should at ev­ery level, have a mod­ule teach­ing as­pects of our cul­ture and prac­tices so that we are kept re­minded of who we are and where we come from.

We should learn so that we get equipped with knowl­edge to be a com­pe­tent work­force as well as prom­i­nent busi­ness peo­ple with a re­fined busi­ness acu­men and pro­fi­ciency.

Qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion ( QE) is that which means chil­dren of this coun­try should not only be groomed to be best pro­fes­sion­als in their re­spec­tive ca­reers so that they get em­ployed, they should also be well trained to be best en­trepreneurs that are able to grab busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, be in­no­va­tive and have skills to in­vent new prod­uct mod­els.

Tech­nol­ogy should be em­braced and tapped into at early pri­mary school ed­u­ca­tion and grad­u­ally up to ter­tiary level. This is be­cause we live in the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy era which plays a cru­cial role in the com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage of na­tions.

An­other feature of QE is that of em­bed­ding/ in­cor­po­rat­ing di­verse in­ter­na­tional lan­guages, es­pe­cially those of our in­ter­na­tional al­lies/ coun­ter­parts who we net­work with be­cause of busi­ness and job re­la­tion- ships. Some of the lan­guages are French, Man­darin and Hindi.

This is be­cause ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion is crit­i­cal to the suc­cess­ful clo­sure of deals and long term busi­ness re­la­tion­ships be­cause par­ties to con­tracts should un­der­stand each other with­out any com­mu­ni­ca­tion bar­rier.

While many peo­ple grad­u­ate to be best em­ploy­ees, there should also be many who grad­u­ate to be em­ploy­ers. This would counter the mis­match in the job mar­ket so that many can be of­fer em­ploy­ment as well.

The sad re­al­ity is, nowa­days one has to be con­nected to those in author­ity or those oc­cu­py­ing hir­ing (re­cruit­ment and se­lec­tion) po­si­tions in order to get a job. Some have to bribe or pay cer­tain amounts of money or any form of con­sid­er­a­tion to get the job they want.

What we also need to un­der­stand is pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tions no longer suf­fice on their own.

“What do u want to be when u grow up” is a ques­tion that most of us have been asked at one time or the other.

Ideally, this could be asked post-ca­reer guid­ance, as­sum­ing the per­son would then be well in­formed of the rel­e­vant in­dus­tries which have the po­ten­tial to ab­sorb the kind skill they pos­sess.

Not many would re­spond by say­ing “I want to be a busi­ness per­son.”

The trend there­fore con­tin­ues to be that of for­eign­ers com­ing into our coun­try, reg­is­ter­ing com­pa­nies and hir­ing lo- cal cit­i­zens and when they pay what they like, we get up­set yet we do lit­tle to cre­ate em­ploy­ment our­selves.

Our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem should in­still the cul­ture of in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship and ad­vo­cate for en­abling en­vi­ron­ments for young en­trepreneurs, big busi­nesses and in­vestors.

Vo­ca­tional train­ing should be mas­sively sup­ported and trainees given ad­e­quate re­sources. Arts and tal­ent should be em­braced so that those who are not dis­posed to­wards for­mal ed­u­ca­tion can also pros­per in their cho­sen fields.

Ed­u­ca­tion should also have a big role in pol­i­tics and na­tional gov­er­nance es­pe­cially in the con­text of the en­demic po­lit­i­cal chaos in our coun­try.

Project team: Thapelo Moro­eng (PD) Bokang Molelle (PDA) Ma­likonelo Ntoa (EPD)

JCI Le­sotho Pres­i­dent Bokang Molelle.

one of the ZeHADeF founders Ler­ato

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