Training course: Advanced Certificate: Organic Agriculture Facilitation (SAQA 49626 - NQF 5)
Place: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and Goettingen, Germany
Training language: English
Dates: Admission is in September each year for South Africa, March for Germany
Duration: 4 months (3 modules of four weeks each with assignments during breaks)
South Africa: US $500 Per module
Germany: Euro 800 Per module (tuition only).
Funding: Students have to find their own fees or scholarships, and cover transport and accommodation costs.
Target groups and admission requirements: Ordinary level school leavers with good passes in English, and at least three years of organic farming experience.
Training objectives: Train facilitators who can work practically with poor rural communities to promote Organic Farming especially in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Training program: The programme consists of course work around four themes:
- Adult Education skills (facilitation, participatory rural appraisal, experiential learning, assessment procedures, practical field training).
- Technical training in soil fertility and plant nutrition, pest and disease control, community development, agribusiness, planning with communities, logical framework analysis, proposal development.
- Leadership training (Leadership Footprints, assessing leadership styles, accountability, project management)
- Students will carry out community planning processes in their communities as well as three Internal Farm Inspections between Modules One and Two, and will develop a Logical Framework Analysis and full Project Proposal between Modules Two and Three.
Details of the programme may be found at www.saqa.org.za (search under “Qualifications and Unit Standards”, then “Search for Quallification”, then “All Qualifications” then enter 49626).
Dr Raymond Auerbach, Director.
Rainman Landcare Foundation,
P O Box 2349, Hillcrest 3650, South Africa.