Online Open Access Course:
The Amanzi [Water] for Food Social Learning Project Open Access Online Course has been designed for extension services, farmers, NGOs, community organisations, Agricultural Colleges, Universities and Training Institutes to integrate knowledge of rainwater harvesting and conservation practices into curricula, training programmes, extension services and learning networks. For farmers, the course can be used to support peer-to-peer learning and on-site practice development.
The course adopts a farmer-centred approach to sharing knowledge of rainwater harvesting and conservation practices. It puts small holder farmers and household food producers at the centre of education and learning. It adopts a co-learning approach to curriculum innovation, extension and learning innovations.
Agricultural Education and Training Institutions, extension services, lecturers, farmer support organisations, youth social movements, and student leaders are invited to a) complete the course either on their own with no formal assignments, OR 2) by registering and completing the assignments which will lead to a 12 credit Rhodes University Certificate in Environmental Learning if all assignments are completed successfully.
The course supports everyone to learn more about the many rainwater harvesting and conservation practices that can be tried out by farmers, students and communities in productive demonstration sites.
A maximum of 75 course participants will be able to register in Round 1 for full Certification after completion of the course, BUT there is no limit to the number of people who can do the course without certification and to join the #Student Challenge at this stage.
All South African Agricultural Students in Agricultural High Schools, Agricultural Colleges, Agricultural Training Institutes and or Universities, or youth that are learning farming practice with support from NGOs or other support organisations – aged between the age of 15 – 30 are invited to participate in the Amanzi for Food #Student Challenge. This can be done as a formal group class activity, or an after-hours student leadership or student engagement activity, or as a youth peer-to-peer learning activity.
The student challenge is for any students or youth organisations who would like to develop a rainwater harvesting and conservation practice of their choice (selected from the 26 rainwater harvesting and conservation practices on the www.amanziforfood.co.za website) and who want to make a short 5 minute video (cell phone video) of a productive demonstration site that they have developed with others focusing on a rainwater harvesting and conservation practice.
A productive demonstration site is a practical demonstration of rainwater harvesting and conservation practices in a real-life farming setting in a rural or urban area.
A productive rainwater harvesting and conservation practice demonstration site should demonstration one or more of the rainwater harvesting and conservation practices found on this website in the resources page.
A productive demonstration site is also a learning site, where others can learn how to develop and use the rainwater harvesting and conservation practice.
Productive demonstration sites are developed in community settings, and should source and be developed with local resources that the students or youth groups working with local farmers and other partners should identify in their local context.
WHAT RAINWATER HARVESTING AND CONSERVATION DEMONSTRATION SITES CAN BE DEVELOPED?
The productive demonstration sites should focus on one or more of the rainwater harvesting and conservation practices that are included in the Amanzi for Food ‘Navigation Tool’, and must use information provided by the Water Research Commission materials that are available in the resources page of this website.
VIDEO OF THE PRODUCTIVE DEMONSTRATION SITE:
To enter the #StudentChallenge, students must make and submit a short 5 minute video of their work. The video must:
1) show the planning of the productive demonstration site,
2) who the student group worked with,
3) how the productive demonstration site was developed,
4) the results of the productive demonstration site developed, and
5) who learned what from developing the productive demonstration site.
The #StudentChallenge will start on 1 March 2021 and end on 31 May 2021. This means that there is 3 months in which the productive demonstration sites can be developed. All entries for the #StudentChallenge should be uploaded to the AmanziforFood Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/amanziforfood/) with a caption that includes #AmanziforfoodStudentchallenge and tags @amanziforfood. The videos that have been uploaded onto the facebook page and have an accompanying #StudentChallenge application will be considered for the laptop prizes.
Those wishing to join the #StudentChallenge must can register here for the #StudentChallenge. A #StudentChallenge WhatsApp group will be the main means of communication. #StudentChallenge entrants will be asked to share the work that they are doing to develop the rainwater harvesting and conservation practice productive demonstration site on a regular basis, and support will be provided via the WhatApp group. Only those that regularly post the progress being made on their productive demonstration sites over the three month period will be considered for the award.
All youth registering for the #StudentChallenge, may also complete the Open Access online course[MOU3] .
A prize of three laptops for students or youth groups from South Africa participating in this programme will be on offer for the #Student Challenge. An online Mobile Journalism training session will be available for students wishing to participate in the #Student Challenge to make videos of the productive demonstration sites they will work on with communities and farmers as outcome of the open access, online course.
Access the Amanzi for Food ‘Navigation Tool’ and the materials on this site to find out more about the 26 different types of rainwater harvesting and conservation practices that can be developed into productive demonstration sites.