This certificate is offered in conjunction with the Africa Psychosocial Support Institute (APSSI) and the University of Kwazul Natal. The certificate module is an innovative approach to professionalising community-based care for children and youth, so that vulnerable populations receive the care and support they are entitled to. The module is delivered by supported open distance learning in countries in eastern and southern africa.

Course Code:(CWCY)

Study Mode:Distance

The 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.

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.).

The Certificate is academically rigorous in design and is quality assured by the University of Kwazul Natal. 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.”

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.

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.

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

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

SEMESTER 1
Registration fee is N$2690.00, which should be paid upon registration, the remaining amount should be settled by May 31. The once-off 690.00 data fee is charged with registation for 10G of data each month for the whole year

Type of Fee Amount
Modules x6 5700.00
Grand Total 5700.00
Module Code
Semester 1:
1. Personal and Professional Development 2401
2. Human Rights and Child Protection 2402
3. Child and Youth Development 2403
Semester 2:
4. Care and Support 2404
5. Integrated Community Development 2405
6. Project 2406

Bank Windhoek
Katutura Branch
Acc:114 114 3101
Cheque Account
Reference: Student number

Hanna Garises
+264 613205300
garises@namcol.edu.na