Sustainable Community Development

Updated: Saturday, 28 April 2012

The Sustainable Community Development Programme aims to create resilient communities, who can sustain their livelihoods through community empowerment, participation and activism. Through various initiatives, including a three programme with the National Department of Human settlements (NDHS), we have been able to deepen and ground the many years of knowledge gained from our community involvement. Thus we have decided to invest in a development practice qualification. SCD safeguards this vision by offering an accredited level 4 Community Development qualification to Non-governmental organisations, community development workers and individuals who are interested in the Community Development field.

Community Development Qualification

ID : 67509 Further Education and Training Certificate: Community Development Practice and Management  Level 4 credits 125

This qualification has 125 minimum credits. However Learning for Sustainability has undertaken to add more unit standards and therefore the qualification has 176 credits, with various streams such as Human Settlement Development.  This has been embarked on in order to ensure that participants are well equipped when exiting the programme. The qualification enables participants to seek work or to be better equipped as development practitioners and to be able to study further.

Programme Design
This qualification is delivered over a period of 18 months with 2 week contact sessions in each quarter. The contact sessions are held at the LFS campus, after which participants will be expected to apply the work practically in their respective communities and submit Portfolios of Evidence for the work done. This will be the most critical part of the learning programme, as it prepares the participants for the working environment. Quality management systems have been established and proper monitoring and evaluation will take place to ensure that the outcomes of high standards.