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Stakeholder collaboration key to excellence.

Stakeholder collaboration in education remains a vital strategy towards achieving educational excellence, as well as building and producing the 21st-century learner, says Ghanzi CEDA branch manager Mr Kabelo Lerothodi.

Mr Lerothodi said during the Ghanzi regional education excellence awards recently that in producing a 21st-century learner, stakeholder collaboration should strengthen ties between schools, private sector or business community, parents and families.

This, he said this would ensure success for all learners regardless of their social background or cultural circumstances.

He said collaboration of any kind widened the scope of possibilities and accentuated that a lot could be achieved when the whole community was involved in child education.

However, he said owing to sophisticated and complex societal structure, stakeholder collaboration might not be easy, noting that the location of the school could also be a factor.

He stated that pupils from families that have cultural norms different from mainstream society would need encouragement to feel comfortable with the school lifestyle.

Mr Lerothodi reminded his audience that the changing world, where knowledge was key to adaptation and survival, should be a challenge to equip children with prerequisite skills, knowledge and attitude to help them survive the competitive global world.

He said sharing responsibilities for children's learning and development could reduce the burden and stress felt by many teachers in their daily duties but highlighted that with stakeholder collaboration, learners were the ultimate winners.

He cautioned that the modern world dynamics, including children's exposure to mass media coupled with positive and negative experiences, had influence in their lives.

In her motivational talk, Ms Lesedi Karnels said the type of companionship dictated one's destiny, saying pupils should have the companions that motivated each other and conversed about things that added value to their individual lives.

Ms Karnels advised pupils to avoid friends who do not benefit them in anyway.

She said developing a new experience could help to enhance personality.

She said the theme: Stakeholder collaboration: a cornerstone towards excellent performance for 21st-century achievements, motivated the spirit of excellence, thus appealed to family and stakeholders actively play their roles.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:Sep 10, 2019
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