To facilitate sustainable capacitation, personal development and shifting people into new ways of behaving and executing, one has to create an understanding for them of the ecosystem that they operate in and their relation to it. Millions are being invested into training and development of people at present, however because of the mechanistic, isolated and technical approach to training, much of what is shared in classrooms is not being converted into competencies or internally crystallized. Bantu Bethu Empowerment has developed a response to this by crafting an approach and methodology to optimize the conversion of learning into competencies and behavioral changes. By creating an understanding of a person’s role within a broader system and aligning it with their personal and professional aspirations, learning and development becomes a means of self-actualization rather than compliance for certification or pure for career advancement. People understand how their learning and development creates agency for their own aspirations. Optimal performance thus becomes a function of this which impacts on better organizational performance and success.
The Bantu Bethu Empowerment approach is a people centered on. It is based on an EPP approach viz.
Our person centered approach is central to all learning. Using a wholebrain understanding of learning, i.e. ensuring that all intelligences are responded to in our engagement of materials and processes of learning, we are creating a space where people learn through all of their intelligences instead of only their logical/mathematical intelligence, which is where most training approaches are focused. In addition we meet people where they are, working with individual learning styles and processes to optimize the learning experience. All of the intelligences are brought into the learning processes: IQ (mind), EQ (emotions), SQ (spiritual, focusing on values and consciousness), PQ (physical), CQ (consciousness), and WeQ (collaboration).
Bantu Bethu Empowerment’s trademark quotient, UbuntQ (in process of trademarking), which teaches:
- understanding of the collective context of an African environment and how to operate as part of this;
- understanding the value of its collective intelligence and social capital;
- how to leverage this for personal aspirations and for the great good of all;
- how to do things right and how to do the right thing; and
- how to allow people to live optimally.
Bantu Bethu Empowerment provides tools for entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, co-ops as well as women and youth in business to dream, and to actualize their dreams in the context of UbuntQ. Our main focus is women, youth and vulnerable groups (e.g. prisoners), though not to the exclusion of men or designated groups requiring this focus. Youth is an under-utilized resource in our country and need to be capacitated to make and explore their own opportunities. Research shows that when women advance then they advance their families and communities. This allows for a ripple effect of the work of Bantu Bethu Empowerment, who inspires cadres of positive change and true transformation at the heart of society. In addition Bantu Bethu Empowerment utilizes cutting edge teaching methodology of the 4MAT teaching methodology in our sessions.