In 2011, Richmond Vale Academy joined One World University on a distance learning regime. Since 2012 the Fighting with The Poor programs at Richmond Vale Academy are in partnership with OWU. Although the basic principles of RVA remained the same, it is a whole new curriculum, after which the student acquire a certificate in Fighting with The Poor; while still maintaining the RVA “learning by doing” approach.
About One World University, Mozambique
When joining the Fighting with The Poor 18-month course at Richmond Vale Academy, you will also enroll as a distance learner at One World University in Mozambique, earning a A- certificate within the faculty of Fighting with The Poor, which corresponds to 1500 study hours.
One World University, or OWU for short, was started by Development Aid from People to People in Mozambique and the Fed- eration Humana People to People in 1998. In the following years, the school went through a process of recognition in close cooperation with the Pedagogical University of Mozambique. In 2005, OWU was approved by the Council of Ministers in Mozambique as a private university. It was accredited to deliver academic courses and degrees from the level of bachelor to PhD with a nationally recognized qualification, and was given its official name ISET – Instituto Superior de Educação e Tecnologia, in short ISET/OWU.
One World University currently has three faculties: the Pedagogical faculty, the faculty of Fighting with The Poor and the faculty of Polyhistory. The university offers courses, either on site at its campus in Changalane or through distance learning.
Richmond Vale Academy has entered into an agreement of cooperation with OWU in Mozambique, allowing its participants to earn a certificate from OWU as distance learners while following a course at Richmond Vale Academy. When participating in an OWU degree course, you will as part of the program go through the relevant curriculum and take the required exams from OWU in Mozambique, and you will be assigned a tutor who will be your contact person in all matters concerning your OWU degree.
About the certificate in Fighting with the Poor
The curriculum of the certificate consists of 750 – 1560 hours and it consists of 10 subjects related to the fight against poverty. Each subject consists of a series of study tasks that need to be made by the students individually and a series of courses organized by the Tutor at the partner school – in this case Richmond Vale Academy. For each subject the student will take oral and/or written exams with One World University. The exams will take place both at the partner school, as through online conferences organized by the students and with examinators of One World University. The A-certificate was accredited by the Ministry of Education of Mozambique, and according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) the certificate translates to 60 ECTS credits (1/3 of a Bachelor) – or less if you take a B-certificate.
Here is an overview of the subjects that all Fighting with the Poor participants take:
Subject Area I: Community Development Science and Action
1 The Poor (200 hours):
2 The group of poor ( 360 hours):
Subject Area II: Social skills and personal development
3 Leadership Intelligence (120 hours):
4 My Future (80 hours):
Subject Area III: Professional skills training
5 Small subjects (160 hours):
Subject Area IV: Natural science and technology
6 Natural and environmental science (160 hours):
7 Health (120 hours):
Subject Area V: Social science and humanities
8 English (200 hours):
9 The Contemporary world (80 hours):
10 Expressive arts (80 hours):
TOTAL FOR THE A-CERTIFICATE: 1.560 hours