YES to a new way of working

For over 40 years the Delta Environmental Centre has been offering environmental education to students and teachers, reaching approximately 28 000 learners a year. 

In 2013, together with the department of environmental affairs, the Delta Community Centre launched a three-year plan called the Youth Environmental Services programme in North West province.

Through this very successful programme, SETA-accredited (Sector Education and Training Authority) training is provided each year to 100 matriculated students who are then assisted in finding jobs in the formal sector. As an accredited training provider, Delta is able to empower these students by formally equipping them to qualify for gainful employment in the areas they live in.

The process was a departure from Delta’s previous work. Director Di Beeton says: “It was therefore a great learning curve. We built on past experience, but also had a number of challenges that we hadn’t encountered before. In our other programmes, we don’t have extended, individual time with the students. With this course, we’ve had 12 months of engagement and this has given us the opportunity to engage in a more meaningful way.” 

Choosing the students is an integrated process: municipalities in North West are contacted to assist. Notices and advertisements are put up and students must apply; they are then screened and interviewed. The students must commit to a full 12-month programme and must have a matric qualification. 

A team of veterans have been employed to guide them through the curriculum. The content is related to conservation, especially in the area. They’ve also embraced new ways of communicating with the students. “We’re using WhatsApp groups to stay in touch. If there are adverts about upcoming jobs or a meeting that needs to be attended, we are able to simply send a message.” 

The students are also required to engage in meaningful community service. “Using what they’ve learnt, they can make food gardens, teach others sustainable waste production, plant indigenous trees or clear alien forests.” 

Through this programme, Delta works to organise exit opportunities for graduates. Some graduates are placed in formal jobs, while others are assisted in finding study grants. From the 2013 class, six students decided they would like to study further and were able to get diplomas and financial assistance enabling them to enter university. 

Other graduates have gone on to become green entrepreneurs or have tackled socioeconomic issues in their community using the principles of ecological sustainability. 

In 2015, Delta Environmental Centre celebrates their 40th year. “That Norman Bloom had the foresight in the 1970s to open the centre was visionary. He created a solid platform for us to do new work and try new ideas. It’s truly a foundation for the next generation,” says Beeton.

Advertisting

‘Judge President Hlophe tried to influence allocation of judges to...

Deputy Judge President Patricia Goliath accuses Hlophe of attempting to influence her to allocate the case to judges he perceived as ‘favourably disposed’ to former president Jacob Zuma

SAA grounds flights due to low demand

SAA is working to accommodate customers on its sister airlines after it cancelled flights due to low demand

Isabel dos Santos did not loot Angola alone

Once again, Western auditing and consulting firms shamelessly facilitated corruption on an international scale

Lekwa municipality won’t answer questions about why children died in...

Three children are dead. More than a dozen homes have been gutted by fires in the past six months. And, as...
Advertising

Press Releases

Upskill yourself to land your dream job in 2020

If you received admission to an IIE Higher Certificate qualification, once you have graduated, you can articulate to an IIE Diploma and then IIE Bachelor's degree at IIE Rosebank College.

South Africans unsure of what to expect in 2020

Almost half (49%) of South Africans, 15 years and older, agree or strongly agree that they view 2020 with optimism.

KZN teacher educators jet off to Columbia University

A group of academics were selected as participants of the programme focused on PhD completion, mobility, supervision capacity development and the generation of high-impact research.

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers

Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.

2020 risk outlook: Use GRC to build resilience

GRC activities can be used profitably to develop an integrated risk picture and response, says ContinuitySA.

MTN voted best mobile network

An independent report found MTN to be the best mobile network in SA in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Is your tertiary institution is accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Is your tertiary institution accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.