WHAT IS THE CERTIFICATE MODULE?
The REPSSI Certificate in Community-Based Work with Children and Youth aims to enhance effectiveness in working with children at risk and to give students knowledge, skills and information to study key trends, theories and approaches in working with vulnerable groups.
WHO IS THE CERTIFICATE MODULE FOR?
Prospective students who wish to work with Children, Families and Communities (affected by HIV & Aids, Conflict, Poverty and Displacement in Africa). People working with youth, formally and informally (Church, Communities, NGO`s, Ministry of Youth, Education, etc.).
HOW IS THE QUALITY ASSURED?
The Certificate is academically rigorous in design and is quality assured by APSSI. An independent assessment, conducted by the South African Institute for Distance Education, found that the Certificate: “Is an excellent example of a well-designed distance education access programme.Offers an innovative learning and teaching model that combines learning materials, supported by trained mentors and continuous assessment.”
WHY IS THE CERTIFICATE MODULE IMPORTANT?
Our graduates are professionalising the field of community-based childcare and mainstreaming child protection, psychosocial support and community mobilisation principles into their work. Many graduates have moved from voluntary positions to paid staff as a result of their qualification. The importance of the module is reflected in the commitment of the mentors and students, some of whom travel long distances to attend group study sessions.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE CERTIFICATE MODULE?
If you are a government, company or organisation, we invite you to provide sponsorship for selected applicants. If you are an organisation working with vulnerable children and youth, you can sponsor staff or partners to enrol for the Certificate. This will build your organisation’s capacity to provide improved, professionalised services to children.
DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME /HOW IS THE CERTIFICATE DELIVERED?
The Certificate is an 18-month module, containing 6 modules. It is a supported distance learning certificate, meaning that students study while continuing to work. Students meet at least once every three weeks for a facilitated discussion in which they share learning and write a pop quiz. They submit two assignments and write a 3-hour examination for each module. The module builds upon the students’ previous experiences and encourages application of learning in practice.
• Grade 12 certificate (20 points in six modules)
• E symbol in English
• One year relevant working experience OR
• Grade 10 certificate (25 points in six modules)
• E symbol in English
• 3 years relevant working experience
WHO IS THE AFRICA PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT INSTITUTE (APSSI)?
The Africa Psychosocial Support Institute (APSSI) is a subsidiary of REPSSI. APSSI fosters professionalism and excellence in Mental Health and Psychosocial care and support (MHPSS) services by offering innovative, quality psychosocial support (PSS) education, research, programming resources and technical guidance. The institute was initiated in 2016 as part of a broader response to the need for a standardised PSS definition, quality research and data on PSS, formalised PSS capacity development, excellent PSS resources and MHPSS thought leadership