Cornerstone Institute in partnership with Community Chest in 2019 introduced a programme unique to the sector and in South African higher education to capacitate community development workers as recognised scholars and practitioners in the field.
As a selective programme, this two-year higher certificate only has 30 places available with each student receiving a full scholarship to complete the programme.
Applicants undergo a rigorous selection process, which focuses on deserving community development workers who do not hold accredited qualifications, but have a significant number of years of experience in serving communities.
The first cohort of students commenced with classes on February 18 and represents a diverse group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
These include NGOs engaged in youth development, auxiliary social work, home based care, violence prevention, conservation, and social justice programmes.
Accredited at the NQF 5 level, the two-year higher certificate forms part of the suit of programmes ranging from certificate to honours degree levels offered by Cornerstone Institute’s Department of Sociology and Community Development.
The programme consists of 120 credits and spread over the key learning areas of sociology, development studies, leadership studies, information skills and project management.
Credit: Digital Street SA