About Training of Trainers Course
This is an online introductory short course comprising four Modules to inform and strengthen the existing and future learning and stakeholder engagement facilitation practice of educators, trainers, facilitators (and people interested in these roles) in Natural Resource Management contexts with up-to-date theory and methodology.
The course has a strong practical element to it and much of the learning will take place as participants engage with their tutors to develop their assignments. Each of the four Modules and their corresponding assignments (one assignment per Module) build upon one another to the goal of designing, implementing and evaluating learning and/or stakeholder engagement process. The course content and assignments should ideally link with and contribute directly to your existing or future learning and stakeholder engagement practice.
What is this course about? A brief Orientation
Meet the Team
Dr Matthew Weaver
Course Coordinator and Facilitator
Matthew is a post-doctoral fellow at the Environmental Learning Research Centre and the Institute for Water Research. His research and work relate to capacity development, participatory governance and social learning in the context of land and water governance.
Mr Reuben Thifhulufhelwi
Facilitator and Tutelage leader
Reuben is a PhD scholar at Rhodes University (ELRC). His work focuses on environmental learning and capacity development in the Natural Resource Management field. He has experience in facilitating collaborative learning processes within government spheres, civil societies and community education.
Prof Eureta Rosenberg
Prof Rosenberg is a Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Education and leads a research Chair in Environment and Sustainability Education at Rhodes University. She was the first person to graduate with a Masters in Environmental Education from Rhodes, 30 years ago! Some of her most exciting work has been to help develop and offer new courses for others to join and grow the field of environment and sustainability education and learning in South Africa and SADC.
Mr Monde Duma
Facilitator and Tutor
Monde is currently a full-time PhD candidate in Environmental Science, focusing on social learning and evaluation in communal areas. Monde is a former high school teacher and ex-lecturer of Geography at the University of Fort Hare.
Dr Jessica Cockburn
Facilitator and Advisor
Jessica is a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science at Rhodes University. Her research and teaching focus on collaboration and social learning in rural landscapes and catchments.
Mr Maletje William Mponwana
Facilitator, Tutor and Content Manager
Maletje was involved in a learning programme with young people who are future custodians of land that has been restituted through a land reform programme in South Africa. The programme was a sub-project of a catchment-wide program which worked with governance institutions and communities focusing on water resources and biodiversity management in the context of climate change. The objective of the programme was to influence holistic thinking about land use and how to best develop the land to generate benefits for the landowners while considering the importance of biodiversity in the area. The programme applied a social learning approach as part of transforming the understanding of youth and how they identify their role in relation to the land.