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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Network broadly in order to source information and support around a key environmental issue or risk 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13637  Network broadly in order to source information and support around a key environmental issue or risk 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Environmental Educators 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Adult Learning 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people working as junior environmental education practitioners in contexts in which they are required to network actively and understand and address environmental issues or risks. They may work in a number of contexts including environmental education centres, community-based projects, non-governmental organisations, government departments or industry.

People credited with this unit standard will be able to network broadly in order to access information or support from a wide range of sources. They will be able to select and organise this information into a coherent resource list relevant to a key environmental issue or risk.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Identify key environmental issues and select one issue to research
  • Identify a broad network providing support around an environmental issue
  • Network broadly in order to source information and support
  • Compile networking details and information 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The candidate will be required to demonstrate an FETC or RPL equivalent in order to gain access to the National Certificate in Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice (EETDP) (NQF Level 5) for which this is a core unit standard. Competence in written and verbal communication in the language(s) of instruction at FETC level is essential. Basic skills of finding information from documents, directories and the Internet (if available) are required to complete this unit standard successfully.

    This unit standard should be undertaken in conjunction with the following unit standards:
  • Research and analyse an environmental issue in terms of principles of environmental justice and sustainability and recommend possible solutions
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of people-environment relationships and current environmental challenges 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard relates to a unit standard at level 4: EE 4.05 (Network locally in order to source information, advice and support concerning an environmental issue or risk). Whereas the level 4 unit standard focuses on local networking and on a relatively small-scale environmental issue, this unit standard requires the candidate to draw on a much broader network. It also focuses on a major environmental issue that is relevant in the South African context. The issue should be relatively complex in its causes and scope and wide-ranging in its effects.

    In a course situation, it is recommended that candidates work co-operatively in small research groups. Each group in a given cohort of learners should select a different issue around which to network. By the end of the programme of learning, each group should provide copies of their networking list to the other groups so that the entire group benefits from the exercise. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify key environmental issues and select one issue to research 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Identify and list a number of key environmental issues of relevance to South Africa. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge:

    Concept of environment and the scope of environmental issues. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Draw on a variety of source materials, e.g. mass media, books, magazines, the Internet.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Work with others in a small group to select one key environmental issue to research. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A major environmental issue having biophysical, social, economic and political elements; highly relevant to the South African context.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify a broad network providing support around an environmental issue 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Organisations and individuals locally, nationally and internationally with a particular interest in the chosen environmental issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Identify environmental networks, directories and/or Internet search engines to facilitate the initial development of a networking list. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Use directories and/or the Internet effectively to draw up a list of key organisations or individuals internationally that are concerned about the particular environmental issue. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge:

    Use of directories and/or the Internet as networking tools. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    At least ten contacts.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Record initial contact information neatly and in an easily usable form appropriate to context and resources available. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Provide essential detail, e.g. organisation, contact addresses and numbers, space to record results of research; Record form, table, cards or computer database.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Network broadly in order to source information and support 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge:

    Effective use of available information and communication technologies. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Use appropriate and available technologies (e.g. letter, phone, fax, e-mail or visit). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Contact organisations or individuals to determine the nature, scope and relevance of the resources and support offered. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Use appropriate communications technologies efficiently and cost-effectively. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Follow up key contacts pointed out during the first round of networking. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Compile networking details and information 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Systematically record all relevant contact details and compile this into an accurate, concise resource list in an easily retrievable form. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Networking list providing full contact details, resources and services offered, notes.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Compile all relevant information on the particular environmental issue and store it in an easily retrievable form. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Physical and/or electronic files of information on the particular environmental issue.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Facilitate further networking by making network lists available to others. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Groups make their lists available to one another so that all candidates have a directory of contacts covering a range of key environmental issues.
     


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation and moderation options:

    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Refer to the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria contained in this unit standard.

    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes, in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. For the most part, the possession or lack of this knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance.
  • Concept of environment and the scope of environmental issues
  • Use of directories and the Internet as networking tools
  • Effective use of available information and communication technologies 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic and/or language skills in various modes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Reflect on and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.

    Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national and global communities.

    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.

    Explore education and career opportunities.

    Develop entrepreneurial opportunities. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  22901   National Certificate: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  22902   National Diploma: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2020-07-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  22903   Bachelor of Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2021-06-30  CHE 
    Elective  49626   National Certificate: Landcare Facilitation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Mananthatshema Skills Dev. Centre 



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