CoreValues and Approaches to Education
CoreValues and Approaches to Education
Educationis an important tool that can lead to the identification of lastingsolutions to challenges affected the modern society. However, theidentification of these solutions depends on the ability ofindividuals to apply the knowledge that has been gained in an ethicaland socially responsible manner. Social risibility is among the mostcommon core values that Pitzer uses to facilitate its ethicalapproach to education. Social responsibility refers to an ethicalframework, which suggests that individuals as well as organizationshave an obligation to take actions that benefit the whole society(Haron & Amran, 2015). A socially responsible entity shouldstrike the balance between ecosystem and economic benefits of theactions before implementing them. This paper will provide a solutionto energy issues that affect the continent of Africa using theconcept of social responsibility.
Descriptionof the Problem
Energyis among the most important factors that determine the capacity ofany country or continent to enhance its economic and socialdevelopment. Unfortunately, Africa has failed to generate sufficientenergy to empower its large population and facilitate development,which has made it among the least developed continents in the world.Africa accounts for 13 % of the global population, but it contributesabout 4 % of the energy supply only (One Organization, 2016). It isestimated that about 30 % of the people living in African have noaccess to electricity (World Energy Council, 2016). The affectedhouseholds heat their houses using charcoal, kerosene, and wood,among other unsustainable sources of energy. These sources of energyresult in the destruction of forests and pollution of air, whichleads to the increase in the prevalence of respiratory diseases.
Thegeneration of wind energy is the most appropriate solution foraddressing the energy challenges facing Africa. This source of energyis eco-friendly compared to most of its alternatives, such as fossilfuels and wood. It is a viable solution because it addresses theissues of cost of energy in the long-run and respiratory diseases(Amon, 2017). In the past, the cost of installing turbines has beencited as the major challenge that has limited the exploitation ofhuge wind energy potential in Africa. However, studies have shownthat the use of locally available materials to manufacture blades andtowers can lead a significant decline in the cost of installation(Amon, 2017). Moreover, wind energy has economic benefits since thecost of maintenance and energy generation after initial installationis low. Therefore, consumers will be able to access the cheap energythat is eco-friendly. This will enhance the health and the financialwellbeing of the African society at large, which makes wind energythe most socially sustainable option.
Thelack of access to energy is among the most significant challengesthat Africa faces, but it can be addressed by converting wind intoenergy. This is a viable solution because it will help the Africancountries generate cheap energy that does not pollute theenvironment. Therefore, African households and businesses that haveoperations on the continent will be able to access affordable energy,which will facilitate their development and minimize the risk ofsuffering from the respiratory diseases. However, African countriesshould apply the locally available materials in order to reduce thecost of initial installation, which is the key factor that hasdiscouraged many nations from exploiting the wind source of energy.
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