Welcome to the Fundisa for Change Online Learning Platform

Fundisa for Change is a collaborative programme aiming to enhance transformative environmental learning through teacher education.

The programme comprises of a network of diverse partners, all working with teacher education in various ways. The network was established in response to research findings from three major environmental sector strategy research programmes, including:

  • The South African Environmental Sector Skills Plan;
  • The SANBI/GreenMatter Biodiversity Human Capital Development Strategy; and
  • The Global Change Grand Challenge National Research Plan Human Capital Development Strategy.

You will find links to all our online courses here, and you can enrol on this learning platform.

Our Online Courses

The National Curriculum Statement in South Africa requires that all subjects address the cross-cutting principle of human rights, social justice, inclusivity and a healthy environment. This means that all subjects are ‘carriers’ of this important principle. Each subject needs to reflect the principle in ways that are appropriate to the subject and its rationale. This is why we find a focus on a healthy environment in all subjects. At times it is obvious, and at other times less so but we can infuse all subjects with a focus on a healthy environment and make links to themes of social justice, human rights and inclusivity.

For ‘Fundisa for Change’ or ‘teaching for change’, it is essential to know your subject well, particularly to understand how the environment and sustainability, social justice, human rights and inclusivity dimensions can be ‘brought out’ and highlighted for transformative education. However, content knowledge on its own is not enough, and the creative teacher uses a wide range of teaching methods to mediate learning successfully in ways that support active learner participation and help learners to successfully make meaning of what is being taught in the subject.

To support successful learning, it is also important to give adequate attention to high quality assessment. Assessment should be oriented to support better learning, and should support teachers and learners to better understand what is going well, and what can be improved. Finally, environmental content in the curriculum has potential to shape and inform the practical life of the school as it can contribute to creating healthy learning environments.

The Fundisa for Change courses are specially designed to strengthen the integration of the principle on human rights, social justice, inclusivity and a healthy environment into the teaching of CAPS in ways that support transformative learning, as well as transform learning environments, allowing teachers and learners to contribute to building environmentally sustainable and healthy schools and society, as envisaged in the South African Constitution.

Starting out with the Fundisa for Change Courses

In order to use the subject-specific Fundisa for Change courses, it is important to first familiarise yourself with the core elements of the Fundisa for Change courses:

  • Know your Subject
  • Improve your Teaching Practice
  • Improve your Assessment Practice

To do this, start the programme with the Core Introduction Module, Introduction to ESD Teaching Practices and Fundisa(Teach) for Change. This is relevant to ALL Fundisa for Change courses and is an essential starting point for everyone. This will explain how the Fundisa for Change programme supports the CAPS curriculum with transformative teaching, learning and assessment processes. It will also introduce how the Fundisa for Change subject courses can be expanded to support whole school development and the development of transformative learning environments. This Core Introductory Module is open access and free of charge. Should you wish to join the Fundisa for Change programme to access and complete the other courses, please contact the programme coordinator. These courses are specifically designed for South African teachers and teacher education.

How to register and claim your SACE Points

The videos below explains how to register for the online courses and how you can claim your Level 1 SACE points after you’ve completed your one of our online courses.

Introduction to ESD and Fundisa for Change Online Course

Click below to register for the Introduction to ESD and Fundisa for Change online course, or click on the course icon to view the course introduction and structure.

Teaching Life Orientation Online Courses

Teaching Climate Change

Teaching Climate Change in Life Orientation – Self and Society (Grade 8 to 12)
Teaching Climate Change in Life Orientation – Environmental & Social Responsibility (Grade 8 to 12)
Teaching Climate Change Geography (Grade 10 to 12) – Energy Exchange
Teaching Climate Change Geography (Grade 10 to 12) – Energy resource use and change

Teaching Green Economy and Entrepreneurship in Economic Management Sciences

(Grade 7 to 9)

Teaching Green Economy and Entrepreneurship in Business Studies

(Grade 10 to 12)

Another interesting resource that the KIC: Climate Change Education Project has developed is an extensive digital library of materials for all KIC partners. This  Open Educational Resources (OER’s) that focus on teaching and learning about climate change and sustainability

The primary purpose of this OER is to provide the teaching community (from primary, through to teacher educators) with relevant text and media resources to enhance their teaching practices and courses. You can do general searches by main categories such as climate change topic, foregrounded approach, or target audience. Each general category is then broken down into subtopics to help you find your areas of interest. The best part is you can also support the platform my adding your own resources and materials. To access this resources click on the button below.

If you are currently in South Africa and would like to access the #Datafree Version of this Online Course please click on the link below.