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This course caters to foundation phase educators seeking to enhance their classroom sustainability practices. It focuses on advocating for seed sharing as an engaging method to introduce the significance of food gardens and sustainable ways of life.

Employing a holistic approach, the course merges natural and social sciences, technology, indigenous knowledge, and everyday practices. It fosters critical thinking in both societal and environmental contexts. Specifically crafted to spark indigenous wisdom and foster community involvement among educators, it also encourages practical, curriculum-aligned endeavors for students.

The primary aim is to cultivate a profound sense of pride, curiosity, and admiration for the richness and importance of African heritage among teachers. This approach lays the foundation for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and transformative learning experiences within the classroom.

Course Structure

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.

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:

Below is a breakdown of this course and your progress. Click ‘expand’ to see each unit. You can click on each of these links to access the different pages (sessions) or use the “Next session” or “Previous session” to move through the module.

To start, click “Healthy Living: Mosuelo Seed Sharingbelow.

Once you have completed a session, click the green “Mark Complete” button before moving on to the next session, and you’ll see your progress bar reflect your movement.

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 unit), 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.