COST OF LEARNING
TRAINING AND RESEARCH
Community Vision Group has a very robust training programme that provides a wide range of knowledge and skills in areas that necessary for a sustainable community development. These training programmes range from diploma courses, certificate courses and workshops. Participation in each of the courses is very competitive and is particularly designed for those involved in community development.
DIPLOMA IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE
About the course
Community Development Practice (Cert/Diploma) is a course run by Community Vision Group. Both the Certificate and Diploma courses aim to equip community activists like community development association executives with a thorough understanding of community development combined with the practical skills necessary to engage effectively in the community development. Engagement of community development leaders with both academic and practitioner experience ensures the ongoing currency of theory and practice. The courses are highly participative incorporating the practical life experiences of each participant.
Why the course
Many people leading community development initiatives most often have very good intention and are filled with passion to lift their communities out of poverty. Unfortunately, this drive is not accompanied by the required knowledge and skills needed to build 21st century communities. Thus, the course is designed to:
- Facilitate real change at community level by providing participants with the relevant skills and knowledge to engage with a rapidly changing practice at national and international levels.
- Enhance and strengthen the capacity of community development actors in an integrated and holistic manner, that enables them to deal with their critical development challenges;
- Encourage networks and partnerships that enhance the practice and continued learning around issues of community development
Module 1: Building sustainable communities
Building Sustainable Communities introduces participants to basic community development concepts and methods. This five-day module establishes a basic understanding of professional values, ethics and practical skills for use in involving and empowering local citizens and leaders to perform effective community-based work. The module provides real world context for community-based work involving such issues as leadership development and socio-economic empowerment.
- Exploring community development institutions and the complex nature of communities
- Understanding the practice of community inclusion and diversity
Module 2: Project Planning, Management and Evaluation
This module is designed to provide participants with the basic skills necessary to plan, develop and evaluate community projects. The emphasis will be on identification of goals, clarification of strategies and resources and techniques for monitoring and evaluation.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the importance of planning and the planning process
- Develop aims, objectives and goals for development projects
- Demonstrate methods of monitoring and evaluation
- Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of consultative planning
- Acquire the skills necessary to prepare, implement and evaluate a plan
Module 3: Leadership, Communication and Team Building Skills
This module examines the theory and practice of group work and community leadership. It considers group dynamics, communication in groups, effective group processes, conflict management and practical facilitation skills. It also outlines theories on leadership and how community leadership can be developed and supported.
- Plot the stages of group development and the behaviour associated with each stage
- Explain the role of a facilitator
- Explain what is meant by group cohesion and what makes a group attractive or unattractive to members
- Explain what is meant by community leadership and give examples of community leadership
- Identify ways in which community leadership can be encouraged and nurtured
Module 4: Community Development Theory and Practice
This module seeks to provide a critical understanding of the main themes and developments that characterise community development at the beginning of the twenty-first century and key factors which influence the practice of Community work. The key principles of community development theory and its application to various types of community setting (both urban and rural) are explored. This module is designed to also provide participants with the practical skills and training necessary to enable them to engage effectively in community development. A special emphasis is placed on case study material drawn from a range of settings and experience of practical work in community development.
- Demonstrate understanding of the concepts and principles of community development
- Place community development in a historical context – nationally and internationally
- Critically assess the different approaches to community development
- Assess the factors that mitigate against community development
- Demonstrate understanding of the theory and practice of community development and in-depth knowledge of best practice from other community development projects
Module 5: Research for Community Development Practitioners
The aim of this module is to ensure that participants gain skills to understand the language, process and basic techniques of social research in order to contribute to the betterment of communities. Topics covered include an introduction to the values and uses of community-based research techniques, data sources (primary, secondary etc.), terminology and participatory approaches and skills to complement effective community work through an ethical approach. It is intended that this module be delivered in a practical manner, which will ensure that participants have the opportunity to use the new skills they are learning prior to completion of the module.
- Presenting an understanding of a SWOT/ PESTLE analysis of issue and geographic based communities within a participatory research process
- Identifying techniques and sources of information of relevance to community groups
- Identifying reliable data which may be used to initiate community campaigns, to lobby government agencies and to seek funding
- Providing an introductory understanding of ethical and community engagement strategies in community-based research
Module 6: Social Policy and Practice
This module will examine various social issues relevant to community development practice in order to assist participants develop an appreciation of; (a) the root cause of these social issues, and (b) the broader context within which community action takes place. This module aims to assist participants to identify, analyse and evaluate the significant social issues within their community (both issue-based and geographic). This will help participants to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of communities and the potential opportunities which may be harnessed in order to promote positive change and sustainable development.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of how social policies are developed and how these policies effect community work
- Analyse and evaluate the main social economic features of their locality and the wider society
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of participants’ communities and the development opportunities which exist there;
- Clarify the existing and potential role of community organisations in local activities
- Undertake a basic community profile and present the findings in a public setting
Module 7: Fitting Communities into the Global Development Agenda
This module aims to directs participant to the world of development, facilitating their understanding of global development issues and the need to function as partners, networks as well as collaborate with others for sustained development initiatives. The module centres on the national, continental, and global development agenda, notably the Africa Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Also, in context depending on the origin of participants, contextual analysis on how communities can be fitted into the national development agenda will be considered. The session emphasizes how community leaders can initiate local actions that help contribute to the realisation of the global objectives.
- Understanding development continental and global development strategic orientations like Africa Vision 2063 and the SDGs;
- Exploring the importance of concerted development efforts (networks, partnerships, coalitions and collaboration)
Module 8: Project Work
As part of this course, each participant will be required to work on a specific practical project on behalf of the community of which they are a member. These projects will provide a valuable opportunity for the transfer of skills to groups in relation to planning local development projects. They will also facilitate the involvement of other members of community organisations in the activities of the Diploma Programme.
This course is primarily designed for leaders and executives of community development associations and other community-based actors. However, a minimum of GCE Ordinary level is required as an entry requirement for the course. Priority will be given to candidates nominated by development associations and unions and individual participants will be admitted on very competitive basis.
The diploma course cost $400 per participant and can be achieved separately. Depending on funding availability, the training will be delivered to community development association leaders for free. Thus, community-based organisations are encouraged to check our site routinely on funding availability.
Course delivery and assessment
The course is delivered online and assessed through a range of individual and group assignments which are undertaken by participants throughout the course duration. There is also an attendance requirement – a minimum of 75% attendance at weekly classes (3 hours) and 3–4 Saturday workshops is mandatory to successfully complete the course.
At the end of the course, trainees will stand-out as Community Development Practitioners, with the capacity to lead change in their community. They will be awarded a Diploma of Community Development Practice. However, each level is entitled to a certificate and thus, some participants who may not finish all the levels will be awarded a Certificate in Community Development Practice
Admission into the Diploma in Community Development Practice will be based on institutional affiliation like development associations or unions. However, individual applicants not affiliated to any community-based organisation or association may request the application package by sending an email to email@example.com
COMMUNITY YOUTH POLYTECHNIC
Community Youth Polytechnic programme is a flagship initiative of Community Vision Group that emphasis the acquisition of skills for job creation. These the Technical Vocational Education and Training programmes that prepare trainees to the world of work. The programme provides technical, vocational, industrial, entrepreneurial and life skills training to young people who have completed from technical secondary schools. The programme is designed to empower youths through the provision of accessible, appropriate, and quality training. Community Vision Group provides pathways for attaining higher education for those with CAP, Probatoire and BAC or their equivalence. Through this programme, Community Vision Group intends to develop and implement a curriculum that leads to the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ).
The Community Youth Polytechnic programme is modular, and competency based, and is comprised of the following programmes:
- Wall and floor tiling
- Hairdressing, Beauty and Make-up
- Electrical and electronics technology
- Welding and fabrication technology
- Building construction technology
- Brickwork Technology
- Woodwork and cabinet making
- Fashion design and clothing
- Painting and decoration
- Plumbing and sanitary installations
Programme details will be provided to trainees as they enrol.
- Basic Numerical Skills
- Leadership and management
- Professional ethics
The main target for the Community Youth Polytechnic programme are holders of CAP, Probatoire, BAC or their equivalence. Each training course will have a capacity of 20 trainees.
- Filled application form (obtained by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Handwritten motivation letter for your programme of interest
- Copy of birth certificate
- Copy of National Identity Card (if applicable)
- Parental consent (for those between 15 – 25 years)
- Medical certificate of fitness
Programme duration and cost
The programme is designed for 1 year (30% theory and 70% practical) and will generally range between $200 and $400 depending on the course. Please send an email to email@example.com to find out the cost for your programme of choice. As Community Vision Group works in partnership with community-based associations and other donor agencies, more often, there will be scholarships for prospective applicants.
At the end of the training, trainees will be awarded a TVET Diploma with specialisation in each of the programme pathways. This will be co-certified by Community Vision Group and partner institutions.