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CTA. 1998. PELUM Association. Spore 74. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A 'college without walls' is gaining strength in Zimbabwe and in June this year will begin to offer training in sustainable agriculture and community development. This pilot project being established under the auspices of the PELUM (Participatory...
A 'college without walls' is gaining strength in Zimbabwe and in June this year will begin to offer training in sustainable agriculture and community development. This pilot project being established under the auspices of the PELUM (Participatory Ecological Land Use Management) Association is bringing together universities, national NGOs, community based organisations and government departments in a unique alliance to pool resources and offer training that might be beyond the scope of a single organisation. The PELUM College Zimbabwe draws on the resources of 15 organisations to fulfill its role in training NGO staff with an ultimate aim of tackling continuing problems such as land degradation, top-down extension, and ad hoc NGO activities. PELUM itself was officially launched in 1995 based on a four-year planning period by NGOs in Eastern and Southern Africa. It is optimistic about its long-term survival largely because it believes its roots are firmly in the region and it is evolving as a direct result of felt rather than perceived needs. There are currently around 60 members and a regional co-ordinating desk based in Harare. The association centres around the joint development of curricula by its members but it has also given itself the task of making existing training materials more easily available in the region. Other objectives include the provision of appropriate accreditation for its courses, the establishment of working groups and the development of an up-to-date inventory of resource peronnnel. A number of innovative approaches have developed and evolved over the last 30 years, say the organisation. These include, for example, participatory rural appraisal, holistic resource management, permaculture, training for transformation, the organisational workshop, low-external-input sustainable agriculture and the recognition of indigenous knowledge. Using practical activities the aim is to try to bridge the canyon that still remains between awareness raising and action on the ground; PELUM is taking up the challenge to adapt and link them using the experience of people already working in the region. This experience, they say, needs to be put in a form than can be widely shared to avoid it being lost and PELUM's networking approach will help the process. Publications Catalogue and further information is available from: The coordinator, PELUM Association Box MP 1059 Mount Pleasant Harare, Zimbabwe. Fax: +263 4 726 911, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org See page 9 for details of the PELUM training workshops in 1998.