Fundisa for Change CPD programme is a National state-civil society partnership programme with a focus on Natural Sciences and Geography in the school system. The programme seeks to support the teachers’ understanding of, and capacity for teaching environmental knowledge and concerns as found within the national curriculum subjects, and their cognate disciplines. It broadens knowledge of teachers to engage with social-ecological concepts, issues and solutions and wider sustainability practices. It further seeks to strengthen disciplinary knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, situational knowledge and learning. It does this through supporting critically reflective and applied practice in which new concepts and approaches are tried out and reflected on in classrooms.
The Fundisa for Change programme is supported by a set of materials that provide for the following:
Generic orientation to key issues such as knowledge, curriculum knowledge, environment and sustainability knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and approaches and assessment practice.
Specific environment and sustainability content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and assessment practice as relevant to specific subjects and phases and grades in the South African school system.
It is closely aligned and integrated with the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) framework and imperatives. As it is a teacher education programme, it also seeks to expand teachers’ curriculum knowledge and expertise.
The materials and CPD framework are designed to articulate with, and to allow teachers to reflect on textbooks and their contents and use in classrooms. The materials are also designed to provide teachers with access to additional learning support materials that can support classroom practice.
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