Course Description/Background

This certificate course is designed to introduce individuals to community development as a concept as well as basic skills in mobilising communities for development and influencing social change.  This online training is therefore, to build the capacity of individuals involved in community mobilisation as well as those seeking innovative approaches in community development activities. This course content will increase the confidence of development workers, Government officials and private practitioner as it provides a step by step approach in their quest to mobilise communities toward sustainable development.

The main purpose of this course is to provide a resource for community leaders, volunteers, and practitioners who desire to make their communities a better place. It describes the steps in the community development process, and the guiding principles that explain why each step in the process is important.

 

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. To understand the concept of community development
  2. To identify and apply various tools and skills in engaging communities for development.
  3. To introduce community organising as a process in community development.
  4. To introduce advocacy as a key tool for community entry
  5. To assist practitioners to source resource for community development
  6. To develop practitioners skills on participatory monitoring and evaluation of community initiatives.

Course Benefit:
The overall purpose of the training programme is to enhance the capacity and skills of individuals and development practitioners to engaged communities as well as monitor and evaluate community development programmes.

Target Audience:

  • Individual wishing to develop skills on community development
  • Development practitioners
  • Non-Governmental Organisation implementing community projects
  • Governmental officials supporting community development projects
  • Community members, researchers and consultants
  • United Nations agency staffs

Technical Requirements
This course is delivered fully online. You will be required to have access to a computer or web-capable mobile device and have consistent access to the internet to either view or download the necessary course resources and to attempt any graded course assessments and the final exam.

To access the full course including assessments and the final exam, you will need to download an application form and enrolled in the course. For example, some of the accessibility and progress tracking features are only available to enrolled participants.

Course Delivery
Interaction with students will be via the Global Human Rights Leadership Training Institute training platform and all course notes and guidelines for study will be delivered and accessible to students in electronic format. (http://www.justicegroup.us/GHRLTI)

All the course modules are available to the students at the inception of the course. At the end of each module, an assignment is completed by the students and marked by the course experts. Assignments are in the form of written assignments.

Award of the Certificates
Statistics from previous courses showed that submission of assignments and receiving online tutoring help participants to integrate gender in their various activities. Certificates can be awarded only to those students who:

  1. Completed all assignments and Final Exam
  2. Obtain a combined final mark of 50% or more for the assignments and Final Exam

Successful students will receive the GHRLTI Certification on Community Development Training.

Course Fees/Funding
The course tuition fee is US$300. Course fees include access to all course materials, expert support, as well as postage and packaging of a certificate. There is a limited amount of partial scholarships available for applicants from developing countries, based on financial need.

All required course resources linked throughout the course, including presentations, web pages, activities, etc. are accessible for no charge. This course also contains a free final exam and course completion certificate.

Please note it is important that all course fees are paid when due.  Reminders will normally be issued but it is the obligation of each applicant ensure timely payment of fees.

Location: Online [web-based]

Time Commitment
While learning styles can vary considerably and any particular student will take more or less time to learn or read, we estimate that the “average” student will take 76 hours to complete this course. It’s a good idea to also schedule your study time in advance and try as best as you can to stick to that schedule.

 

Application Procedure
The deadline for application is 23rd May 2018. While full tuition payment is due on 24thMay 2018. However, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. You can also download application form at http://www.justicegroup.us/community-development.

Inquiries about the course may be sent to: [email protected] OR [email protected].

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