This course is designed for foundation phase educators who want to improve sustainability practices in their classroom. It delves into promoting healthy soil, different types of soil, and how teachers can use the topic of Soil Fertility to address socio-ecological challenges in the classroom and ensure classroom uptake of real-world issues of concern.
The course takes a holistic approach, combining natural and social sciences, technology, indigenous wisdom, and daily practices. It promotes critical understanding of both the societal and environmental realms. It is designed specifically to inspire indigenous wisdom and community engagement among teachers, and it prompts practical, curriculum-aligned initiatives for students. The goal is to instill in teachers a deep sense of pride, curiosity, and appreciation for the richness and significance of African heritage. This, in turn, lays the groundwork for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and transformative classroom learning experiences.
The short course is structured as follows:
- Introduction to a new sustainability-oriented topic that encourages alternative ways of being and seeing in the world. A short quiz follows each introduction to help you to establish whether you are grasping the essence of each topic.
- Video and reading material which builds on indigenous knowledges and cultural practices to reflect from past, to present and future in local contexts while exploring important foundational concepts in the Life Skills curriculum.
- Practical classroom activities that explore and expand on the indigenous knowledges and cultural practices introduced above.
- A final assessment task and quiz to be completed and submitted online, evaluating your understanding and application of the course material.
In this course, you will be required to finish both a quiz and an assessment task. Ensure that you submit your assessment task online. If you belong to a tutor group, please remember to additionally forward a copy of your assessment task to your course facilitator.