Green Building Council South Africa - moladiThe Green Building Council of South
Africa is dedicated to building a greener future. “Our purpose is to inspire a
built environment in which people and planet thrive. Buildings are one of the
main contributors to climate change. Building green is an opportunity to use
resources efficiently and address climate change while creating healthier and
more productive environments for people and communities.”
Appropriate Technology: Small is
beautifulThe economist and philosopher, Dr Ernst
Friedrich Schumacher, wanted to stress that small-scale technologies are the
ones needed in the fight against poverty. These solutions have great
advantages: they can be implemented with local resources and skills and they
are affordable - which makes them tools that empower people to help themselves. The impact of appropriate technology becomes particularly noticeable when innovative
solutions are used and promoted by social entrepreneurs who put social impa…
Jobs Producing Food and ShelterJobs Producing Food and ShelterWe have simply used South Africa as an example in the article. Obviously the solution is applicable not only to South Africa or Africa, but as a global solution.
Currently there are 800,000 graduates that are unemployed in South Africa. This means that our universities are producing a significant amount of unwanted skills for the needs of industry and our country.
This prompts the questions: Does our higher education system produce unemployable graduates? Does our schooling system create unemployed youth after grade 12? Should we relook at the antiquated 1900 English curriculum applied in schools today? Are what is taught relevant to what is needed? Should we not cater for children who are not mathematical or scientifically inclined? Should we not teach basic entrepreneurial skills?Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert …