Curriculum

The Curriculum

Sustainable Agriculture

Curriculum topics include:

 

Basic Education, Life Skills and Arts

  • Applied Agricultural Mathematics
  • English and other languages
  • First Aid, HIV and Aids
  • Environmental Education
  • Labour law, teamwork and behaviour at the workplace, CV writing and job application
  • Communication skills
  • Goals in life, decision making
  • Choir

 

The Farm as a Whole:

  • Why organic agriculture? The difference between organic and non-organic agriculture and the benefits of organic agriculture.
  • Relationships and interdependencies of economical, ecological,and social aspects in an agricultural environment
  • The farm as an organism,life cycles and balance.
  • Environmental issues including saving energy, water and gas, solar energy, waste disposal, and recycling

Soil Science

  • Basic soil types in Namibia, characteristics and nutrient availability, relationship to plant growth, animal performance and efficiency of rainfall.
  • The four ecosystem processes (water and mineral cycle, energy flow, community dynamics)
  • Soil erosion and bush encroachment

Horticulture

  • Production of vegetables, herbs and grains according to organic production principles
  • Organic pest, disease & weed management
  • Plant nutrition, intercropping, crop rotation
  • Compost making, mulching, green manuring,
  • Propagation, transplanting & direct seeding methods
  • Packaging, processing & interaction with various points in the value chain
  • Horticultural record keeping
  • Organic certification processes

Livestock

  • Organic theoretical background and practical experiences with beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep and goats, and poultry.
  • Animal husbandry, care, handling, anatomy and physiology, basic diseases.
  • Management principles in livestock farming, including reproduction and breeding, productivity, breeds, efficiency, adaptation and adaptability, economic viability, marketable products.
  • Bee keeping

Game

  • Introduction to game farming and game species
  • Basic weapon handling

Rangeland Management

  • Botany; main species of grasses, shrubs, trees in central Namibia
  • Effect and impact of different rangeland management principles on soil, soil surface and plant growth.
  • Basic principles in rangeland management: relationship of grazing management and growth, overgrazing and overresting, animal impact, effect of time, effect of numbers
  • Different grazing systems in Namibia and their effects

Technology

  • Basics in handling, maintenance and repair of equipment and tools on a farm: workshop, fencing, infrastructure, borehole and water, vehicles and machinery, engines, fire fighting, buildings.

Economics

  • Basic PC-literacy (Word, Excel, Internet)
  • Basic record and book keeping
  • Basic principles of financial planning