Professor Piet Naudé explains this in an interview, discussing a better future, noting seven steps:
- Food, money and social welfare circumstances are focus points in South Africa;
- Basic infra-structure has become the responsibility of the private sector;
- Child education in the early development phase should be in the child’s mother tongue;
- South African high schools should pay attention to career specific education and distinguish between academic and practical fields of study;
- Education of the people is an essential service to all citizens;
- Education colleges need to pay attention to further education and training. Bridging courses are essential;
- Funds should be made available for research and development. Competitive training and research go hand in hand to facilitate strategy and planning.
Professor Naudé explains that only 18.8% of students complete a three-year degree in the minimum allotted time. 53 % of students graduate only after five years and 41 % leave university without graduating.
Where does IALA fit into this scenario?
The social sciences, sustainable energy and problem-solving skills form part of the niche in which we are becoming known. The landscape of formal education is changing and we realize that students need experience and training to stand firm in the world of post-formal training. Since adventure has the potential to force people to move outside their comfort zones, it also aids the thought process. This is what we focus on in our gap year.