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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain and apply principles and practices of social participation in society and environment interactions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
115596  Explain and apply principles and practices of social participation in society and environment interactions 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Society and Environment Interactions 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Environmental Relations 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
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 enables learners to use appropriate participatory methods to facilitate decision-making within a local community on issues relating to society and environment interactions.

This Unit Standard will be useful for learners who intend or who are working as fieldworkers or who are part of a larger team consisting of professionals and community-based social facilitators. Such society and environmental issues could relate to developments or plans such as road developments, conservation area plans, land-use changes and so on that have social and/or environmental implications that have a potential impact on local communities. The learner will play a role in facilitating the social participatory process that allows such communities to have a voice in decision-making and leads to a just and equitable resolution of competing interests.

The learner is capable of:
  • Communicating with a community on society and environmental interaction issues
  • Explaining the principles and practices of a social participation process
  • Applying participatory methods to a society and environment issue 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF level 3 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Committee refers to committees that are formed within communities and representing that specific community.

    Society and environment interactions can be seen simply as human actions that interact with the natural resources around us in ways that that have an impact (positive or negative) on people's lives and/or on the natural resources. Some of these interactions can result from simple actions at a household level, or they may be result from larger structures in society and the way they are set up or operate, for example, a particular economic system, a land tenure policy, a development strategy, or the way legislation is defined.

    Society and environment interactions are complex, and include most human activities because what we do has an impact on natural resources and processes. The focus is less on people as individuals, and more on structures in society e.g. business, government, communities etc. and how decisions taken in one can impact on other parts of society and on the environment with consequences for people. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Communicate with a community on society and environmental interaction issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different communication styles and media are used appropriately when interacting with community groupings. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A society and environment interaction issue in a specific context is explained using appropriate language and relevant terminology. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Strategies for establishing good working relationships with various groupings within the community are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the principles and practices of a social participation process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Roles and responsibilities of a committee are explained in relation to a community social participation meeting. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role of specialist members of a project team is explained in relation to a specific society and environment issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ways of empowering community members to understand public participation processes is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Participatory concepts and principles are explained in relation to a community issue relating to society and environment interactions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Success factors for participation are explained in relation to a social participation process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A range of methods used in participatory processes are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Limitations and advantages of participatory methods are explained and taken account of in social participation processes. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply participatory methods to a society and environment issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A participatory method to assist a community is identified and explained in order to deal with a specific society and environment issue/problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Possible solutions are explored according to current best practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Questions are formulated, used and addressed appropriately by the facilitator. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of reaching agreement that suits all role-players and stakeholders is explained and facilitated using appropriate methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An intervention plan for change is recorded with timeframes and responsibilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The outputs of a participatory process are evaluated in accordance with the expectations of the individual, team, organisational or community needs/requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Assessment of this Unit Standard should be contextual and practical as far as possible.
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors, accredited by the relevant ETQA, must have a qualification relating to Society and Environment Interactions or an equivalent qualification at NQF level 5.
  • Moderators must be registered as assessors with the appropriate ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the appropriate ETQA.
  • Moderation should include both internal and external moderation where applicable.
  • Training providers must be accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Facilitate the Identification and problem solving process in a community by using critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, by organising and planning all activities before conducting a social participation process. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate presentation and facilitation methods. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48884   Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC): Community Facilitation in Society and Environment Interactions  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30   
    Elective  49836   Further Education and Training Certificate: Gender Practice  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  57428   Further Education and Training Certificate: Youth Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  80946   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    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. ABA Sebenzi 
    2. Amaqamu Project Management and Consulting 
    3. AVAX SA 481 CC. T/A Mandisa Development Services 
    4. Boikgantsho Consulting & Events cc 
    5. Breakeven 59(PTY) Ltd 
    6. Commisioned Training cc 
    7. Dintshang Trading 
    8. EDUTEL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PTY LTD 
    9. IQ Skills Academy (PTY) LTD. 
    10. Kgolo Institute 
    11. Kitso Bokamoso Training Solution 
    12. Leratham Supply Distribution and Enterprise 
    13. Leronsa Trading Enterprise 
    14. MENTORNET (PTY) LTD 
    15. Ntevho-Ketso Training and Recruitement Consultancy cc 
    16. NTI College 
    17. Ntsangalala Business Enterprise 
    18. Professional Development and Training Institute (Pty) Ltd 
    19. Resonance Institute of Learning 
    20. Retshetse Training Project 
    21. Southern African Youth Movement 
    22. Thabelanang t/a Thabelanang Trading Enterprise 
    23. THE GMC GROUP PTY LTD 
    24. Thuto-Botshabelo Training and Projects (Pty) Ltd 
    25. Ulwazi Training & Development 
    26. Vhutshilo Health And Training Organisation 



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