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This course is tailored for foundation phase educators aiming to bolster sustainability practices within their teaching approach. It delves into composting techniques, fostering healthy soil, cultivating greens, water conservation methods, and the concept of seed sharing.

Offering a holistic view, the course merges natural and social sciences, technology, indigenous wisdom, and daily practices. It encourages a critical comprehension of both the societal and environmental realms. Specifically crafted to ignite indigenous wisdom and community engagement among teachers, it prompts practical, curriculum-aligned initiatives for learners. The goal is to instill a profound sense of pride, curiosity, and appreciation among teachers for the richness and significance of African heritage. This, in turn, lays the groundwork for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and transformative learning experiences within the classroom.

Course Structure

The 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.

Course Assessment

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.

How to get around:

This course and your progress are summarized below. To view each session, click the ‘expand’ button. You can access the different pages (sessions) by clicking on each of these links, or by using the “Next session” or “Previous session” buttons to navigate through the module.

To begin, select “Izala Composting” from the list below.

When you finish a session, click the green “Mark Complete” button before moving on to the next one, and your progress bar will reflect your progress. If you ever get lost, there is a menu on your left, another when you hover over your name in the top right corner (this will appear once you start a session), and you can find your way to the ‘Home’ page by clicking on the Fundisa for Change logo in the top left corner.

The course and materials were designed and developed by Rob O’Donoghue, Ingrid Schudel and Wilma van Staden. Artwork was created by D Design.