Online Training of Trainers Course

In a time when community interactions and traditional training and workshops have become difficult due to the global COVID- 19 pandemic, the Amanzi for Food team has been working hard to develop an online Training of Trainers course to ensure continued learning around rainwater conservation and harvesting practices through an online medium. This involved the conversion of the face-to-face Training of Trainers 6-day course (3 sets of 2-day training) into an online course that provides the same in-depth understanding of rainwater harvesting and conservation (RWH&C) practices.

Amanzi for Food, in partnership with the Water Research Commission, is excited to announce the launch of this course during a webinar hosted by the WRC this coming Tuesday, 13 October 2020. The webinar will include opening addresses from Mr. Dhesigien Naidoo (Chief Executive Officer of the Water Research Commission) and Dr. Sizwe Mabizela (Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University). Distinguished Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitika will discuss, ‘Moving from Theory to Practice’ and how to build agency within social learning networks. We also look forward to hearing from Mr. Matambo (Fort Cox Agriculture and Forestry Training Institute) and Mr. Gerhard Viljoen (University of Mpumalanga) on shifting to farmer centred approaches to agricultural training in colleges and universities. We then hear from a farmer and youth panel where panelists discuss their learning around productive demonstration sites and their experience of being part of the Imvotho Bubomi Learning Network.

Distinguished Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka will then provide an introduction and overview of the Online Training of Trainers course together with the exciting #StudentChallenge competition that accompanies the course launch.

The #StudentChallenge is a competition that challenges all students (School, College, University, or learners in any other learning institutions) between the ages of 15 and 30 to take the information learned in the online Training of Trainers course and create a 5-minute video showing a productive demonstration site employing rainwater conservation and harvesting techniques. Any students interested in entering the #StudentChallenge will need to complete an application form (available on the Amanzi for Food website) and upload their video onto the Amanzi for Food Facebook page. Three Laptops are available for the winners which will be decided on the 15 of January 2021. The competition will be run over 3 months from 15 October 2020 to 15 January 2021.

The Online Training of Trainers course will be accessible to everyone. Only people wishing to go for Rhodes University certification will be required to register. These will need to submit the assignments for assessment. They will receive tutor feedback and if they successfully complete their assignments will be eligible to receive a 12 Credit Rhodes University certificate on completion. The initial registered intake will be limited to 75 course participants, however once this intake has completed, registration will reopen for further participants.

Please join us for both the Online Training of Trainers launch webinar in partnership with the Water Research Commission on Tuesday, 13 October 2020 from 10:30 to 12:30 (to register click here) and the Online Training of Trainers Orientation on Thursday, 15 October 2020 from 11:00 till 13:00. To join the Orientation on the 15th of October 2020 follow the Zoom link and use the password: A4FOnline.

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