Don Bosco students stress the need for teamwork in life


DON Bosco Technical School students say that teamwork is essential for personal growth and policy change.
Grade 11 students Luther Kuelinad, Gad Walaun, John Kawapuro, Kristoffa Ephraim and Anthony Molen made the call during the Chat Room radio programme on Tribe FM last Wednesday.
They spoke on the topic “The importance of teamwork”.
Kuelinad explained that teamwork was the ability to be an active and efficient listener in taking information and following instructions to carry out individual assigned tasks, contributing to groups such as family, school, church and society.
“Scholars overseas have researched that collaborative problem-solving leads to better outcomes,” he said.
“People are more likely to take calculated risks if they have the support of a team.
“Working in a team promotes job satisfaction and reduces stress.”
Walaun said if young people harnessed this skill, it would help them become good communicators, increase their self-confidence, and build good relationships with others.
“An example of the benefits of teamwork would be problem solving,” he said.
“If I am given a group activity, it would be done sooner and it would be to my advantage to learn new ideas from my friends than if I were to do it alone.
“Likewise, we see teamwork as a huge part of Jesus’s life on earth because He had 12 disciples that helped Him carry out His mission on Earth.
“They followed Him everywhere and supported Him.” Highlighting the lack of teamwork and support in the society was Kawapuro, who said if people lacked this important skill they would all be working individually, and the stress of work would create anxiety.
“Nothing would be done if there is no teamwork and support because there wouldn’t be any collaboration which would lead to grudges for not achieving their objective,” he said.
Stressing the importance of teaching children teamwork at an early age, Ephraim, who said a child was easier to teach than an adult, thus, if children learned this skill when they were young, it would go a long way for them in school.
“We can start by getting children involved in activities that are done in groups, so they understand the importance of it,” he said.
“As young people also, I call on you to be team players because we cannot progress if we want to do everything on our own.”
Molen, who concluded the discussion, said: “Let us not separate; communication is key to working together.