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both their own tuition and logistical fees at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve.  No subsidiary funds were available from the “USAid Stepping Up to Sustainability” where WESSA SustainEd was previously most privileged to receive residual funding towards the participants’ logistical requirements at Umgeni Valley.

 

Claire Herbst (WESSA SustainEd Business Unit Leader) was the main co-ordinator during the entire week of the Environmental Educators course, whereby Claire facilitated on the more comprehensive theoretical facets.  Sabine Clinckemaillie mainly facilitated on the Quality Management aspects giving a more detailed outline of outcomes-based accredited training.  Further requirements and changes in ETDP SETA policies and procedures were imposed from the onset.

 

Co-facilitators and assistance to Claire were Dennis “Sphe” Radebe, Londi Msomi, Nokwanda Ndebele, Pamella Magida and Abulele Qulu.   Chris Galliers (Environmental Conservationist, WESSA) enthusiastically offered to share his expertise on the interpretative trail, unfortunately due to a down pour this activity had to be deferred.  Fiona Eiber and Tsepang Khena facilitated an interactive “Picture Building” activity with the group which simultaneously show cased ShareNet’s array of environmental and sustainable resource materials.

 

An outline of the range of both theoretical and practical methods and approaches to environmental education were facilitated, whereby the group actively participated over the 5 contact tutorial sessions as follows:   

 

  Learner-centred approaches, responding to participants needs and operating context.
  Accessible learning support materials designed to support active learning.
  A diversity of teaching and learning approaches to suit a wide range of learning styles.  Hands on activities in the field such a water study (using the tools of science, incorporating the MiniSASS),  Ecosystem  Guided Investigations – Grassland study, forest sensory activitiesand an interpretative trail.  Other activities included a week long water audit of personal water consumption and an Enviro Eco Meal prepared by the participants.
  A tour of the Umgeni Valley Sustainability commons showcasing Climate Change & Adaptation, sustainability practices.
  Adaptability to specific workplace or organisational context.

 

An immensely dynamic, enthusiastic and already knowledgeable group of interactive candidates from as far afield as Gaberone (Botswana) and Port Elizabeth participated.   The following candidates partook in the course:

 

Zimasile Mahlasela - Mandela Metro Gov GS

Elonathemba Mboniswa - Mandela Metro Gov GS

Themba Nkuna – Rand Water

Faith Chauke – Rand Water

Ramogaupi Ramjii Gaborekwe – Department of Environmental Affairs (Botswana)

Khuthala Awunzie – Umgeni Water

Bonginkosi Ndaba – Birdlife SA

Patrick M Sibisi – Dept of Local Governance & Traditional Affairs

Hlengiwe Nxele – DUCT

Paulina Shavhani – SANPARKS

Muhanelwa Munzhedzi – SANPARKS

Sindiswa Ziwani – Department of Water and Sanitation

Xolani Mbandazayo – Department of Water and Sanitation

Phyllis Vaaltyn – Department of Water and Sanitation

Thandeka Thulile Mdlalose – Umgeni Valley Environmental Education

Duduzile Vilane-Ntombela – Umgeni Valley Environmental Education

 

WESSA SustainEd would like to again extend our gratitude to all the various participants and their funding organisations in extending further support, together with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, in the impetus towards “People Caring for the Earth”.

"Hi Lemson

Thank you very much for the opportunity you have presented me with, to attend Environmental Educators NQF L5 course.  It was so interesting and I am so delighted.

I tried to call you this morning, but unfortunately I couldn't reach you. This was concerning my appreciation.

I have learnt a lot of new things and I think this extended the scope of understanding more on environmental subject (environmental economics, environmental justice as well as ecological infrastructure).

I feel that the content of this course which is offered by Wessa is so relevant in terms of training presenters for preparing their itinerary and hands delivery when doing their job.  This has help me to understand that the scope is so wide in which one can be inclined or affiliate with as time goes on.

I am very happy to get the opportunity of learning the theories covered there in terms of the defining the roles which are being played by both the presenter and the attendee.

I wish to extend my delightfulness, regarding the material pack which you offered to me as an additional information, which I think will extend my environmental philosophy.

After completing the given tasks, am looking forward to do additional modules which will help towards the attainment of environmental certificate.

Thank you very much, God bless."

Patrick Sibisi.  COGTA.

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