While a lot of talking is going on about the OFO and the introduction of Professional Bodies and Designations, little to know attention is given to real critical thinking of what we can achieve with this initiative. Perhaps it is time for a more systems orientated approach – i.e maybe we can actually, really, look at unemployment in RSA. How is it that the current approach to skills is driven only by organised labour and business? Do we not realise that what we are implying, is that existing business must solve the unemployment issue? It reminds me of the book by Osho, in which he says that most of as are unaware, perhaps asleep. If the unemployment issue is to be tackled, we need a skills revolution. Away with Calvinist ideas of what is knowledge, skills and learning. Away with absurd and weird capitalism, we need a new, synectic way of thinking, a sort of Capi-communism that looks at the economic system and creates a stimulus that leads to more oppertunity for employment, for learning and for skills development. Come on, if there is one thing we absolutely know, it is that exsisting labour cannot solve unemployment.
In the professional bodies, there is talk to have designation start at level six only. Never mind that we just come out of a system where elitist, racist and exclusivity are considered profound language. Here we have a fine oppertunity to create a system of recognition for people at low levels. Can we please use it? South Africa is famous for seeing what we dont have. We have so little recognition for each others work. This could be a way to give people pride and the system in which career progression can be facilitated in a formal fashion. So lets think about it. Start next week, after we read animal farm again.
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