TOMPI SELEKA – In a move to deepen and widen the skills revolution in the agricultural sector, one of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) centres was launched at Tompi Seleka College of Agriculture in Phetwane area outside Marble Hall on Friday.
In his key note address, Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development MEC, Bioskop Makamu, said the RPL concept was aimed at benefiting historically disadvantaged communities by according recognition of the skills and knowledge that they have acquired informally or formally but not recorded.
Makamu said in pursuit of this noble initiative, Tompi Seleka College of Agriculture would serve as an RPL centre which would access and give credit for knowledge and skills acquired through practice in agriculture.
The MEC said in conjunction with Agriculture Sector Education and Training Authority (AgriSETA) the RPL programme would be rolled out in Limpopo for credit accumulation and also access from one institution to another.
“In an effort to sustain the project, eight practitioners have been trained in Tompi Seleka and will serve as its anchor and guarantee in continuation. Today we gather here to be part of history when forty farmers receive their certificates in recognition of their accumulated best practice in agriculture. Under normal circumstances t would be business as usual as farmers go about what they know most , that is farming. Black farmers have been working the land since the dawn of time and continue to this day. They went about their business unrecognized and uncelebrated,” said Makamu.
He added that, in turn to business unusual, out of the eleven colleges of agriculture in the country, Tompi Seleka was selected with five other colleges of agriculture to serve as centres for RPL programme.
“The certification of forty farmers and the recognition of their prior learning is the first harvest of the fruits of this project. We need to make it clear to farmers and the public, recognition of prior learning doesn’t come easy. It is the result of hard work. Every graduate must fulfill the stringent requirements to show beyond doubt that they are capable,” concluded Makamu.