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Short Courses were reviewed primarily through document analysis, followed through by an internet search and in some cases e-mail requests for further information or telephonic follow ups. Two documents were consulted, namely:

  • (1)

    The Enviropaedia that provides a Directory of Networking Organizations working in environmentally related fields. It offers a brief overview of the activities / services offered by the organisation and the contact details. From the list of organisations offering education and training, drawn from this directory, a review was done of the courses / learning programme offered by the organisation through a website search. If a website was not listed, additional information was requested either telephonically or by e-mail.

  • (2)

    The Environmental Resource Directory for the City of Cape Town (2005/2006). Similar to the Enviropaedia, this directory also lists various organisations based in and working in the City of Cape Town and the services offered by each. A list of organisations offering education and training was drawn from this directory and follow up undertaken through a website search and e–mail or telephone communication where necessary.

From these two sources, only those organisations in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape were explored. Exploring organisations beyond these boundaries would have rendered a search beyond the scope of this initial review. Additional organisations were explored, that are not based in these provinces, on request from the C.A.P.E. Biodiversity Conservation Education Sub-programme Co-ordinator. These organisations were included in the search, given their long standing reputation in training for biodiversity conservation education.

C.A.P.E. Cape Action Plan for the Environment

The review of short courses was complemented by a website search of universities (see below), in reviewing the courses on offer through the various institutes and centers affiliated to the different universities. It was further complemented by a search of websites of private higher education institutions (see below) and the short courses offered.

From this search, some short courses were identified and are listed in section 4. This search revealed that many organisations offering short courses do so on a consulting basis. This means that many do not offer preset courses, but tailor make courses that respond to the specific needs of clients. In other cases, this search showed that many short courses are often offered as part of, or in the context of a project (often a donor funded project) and are thus available only to a specified participant group. Further Education and Training (FET) learning programmes were reviewed through an internet search of FET colleges in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape. FET colleges in the Western Cape include Boland College, College of Cape Town, False Bay College, Northlink College, South Cape College and West Coast College. FET colleges in the Eastern Cape include Buffalo City College, East Cape Midlands College, Ikhala College, Ingwe College, King Hintsa College, King Sabata College, Lovedale College and Port Elizabeth College.

Information on learning programmes at all the FET colleges in the Western Cape could be accessed via their websites, except for West Coast College where no website is available. In this case, a telephonic enquiry was made as to the courses on offer. Of the colleges in the Eastern Cape, only the website for Port Elizabeth college could be accessed. All other FET colleges have no website available and telephonic enquiries were made to these colleges.

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