Secretariat of Pacific Community's
Community Education Training Centre

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Core Courses

Certificate in Applied Community Development (CD) programme (Level 3) 

Welcome to the Applied Community Development course offered by the Community Education and Training Centre (CETC) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). Students can choose one out of the two streams (CDM and CDE).

Core Course (CD)

This course will provide you with training so that, as a leader, you can help people create an environment in which they can develop their full potential and lead productive, creative lives in accordance with their needs and interests. This course is compulsory for all students. Specifically, you are expected to take a facilitator role in co-operation with people in communities.

You will learn to:

v identify an issue in a community

v tackle the issue, helping people to communicate with each other and facilitating discussion of the issue

v give people advice

v write the draft of a project

v connect communities to other development partners or groups.

Here at CETC you will learn how to do this by using the Quality Circle (QC) approach, which is the method for ‘plan, do and check’. QC enables people to debate, brainstorm, discuss and find solutions that they have identified. The course work and assessment tasks are designed to help you achieve the objectives of the course.

Learning outcomes

After studying this course, we hope that you will be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:

 facilitate the PLA tools in a community setting
 facilitate the quality circle process to identify, plan, implement and monitor & evaluate a community project
 describe a gender issue and the root causes of gender inequality
 describe the relationship between human activities and climate change
 communicate about strategies to reduce adverse impact of climate change to a variety of audiences, including other learners, family members and the local community
 communicate effectively with community members
 analyse data and information obtained from surveys
 prepare a community outreach programme
 plan and facilitate a community development project
 write a report at the end of COP1 & COP 2
 deliver skills training activities where appropriate
 advise and advocate for community development work
 monitor and analyse community projects
 present findings (verbally) using appropriate presentation tools
 become trainers and build and strengthen your capabilities to become effective facilitators in participatory approaches to community development

Opportunities to redo competencies not achieved are provided so that stated completion times may exceed 24 weeks. Students who achieve these competencies faster may work towards distinction.