SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, BUSINESS AND EDUCATION: STUDENTS' PERSPECTIVES FROM BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA

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Contributor list: Kimanzi M

Publication year: 2019

Start page: 29

End page: 41

Number of pages: 13


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Sustainable development has become a global concern in recent years. This has led to the formation of global goals which aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people have peace and prosperity by the year 2030. For these goals to be achieved, stakeholders such as businesses and the education sector are required to take positive action towards the environment, society and the economy. It is fundamental to create awareness of these goals by teachers as they hold the mantle in embedding sustainability principles in their classes, in their quest as they train future business leaders and entrepreneurs. This study aimed to explore the level of familiarity of sustainable development concepts and perception on the role of business in the sustainable development agenda among Business Management student teachers at an institution of higher learning in Bloemfontein, South Africa. This exploratory study adopted a quantitative method, where open- and closed-ended questionnaires were used. The findings revealed that the students’ explanation of sustainable development lacked understanding and depth. Concerning the role of business in sustainable development, there was agreement that business can play a leading role in addressing environmental and social issues.


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