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This course has been designed to support civil society action and participation in local water governance. The course is part of a bigger research project that is looking at how academics, activists, NGO’s and communities can work together to engage with and monitor key issues identified in the National Water Resource Strategy 2 (NWRS2). The research project is run by the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG) which most of you will know very well. The social learning course is run by the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC) at Rhodes University.

In this course you will be learning how to support the learning and action of the communities and organisations you work with. You will be asked to complete one large, integrated workplace/community-based project which is called a Change Project. This project will help you integrate the new knowledge and skills that you will be exposed to. The Change Project will be based on the case study that you are involved with as a member of the South African Water Caucus.

This course consists of four modules:

Module 1: Investigating context and practice
Module 2: Knowledge and knowledge networks
Module 3: Imagining new possibilities
Module 4: Reviewing and reflecting

The starting point of the course is your current level of knowledge, your working context and your aspirations for improving an aspect of natural resource management. In other words it draws on relevant knowledge, skills, needs and aspirations. Each module then introduces new skills which you can try out and incorporate into your work through your Change Project.

The aim of this course is to provide the opportunity for us to better our practices as water activists and support each other to make the NWRS2 more than just a vague vision but to give it muscle.