Referencing the Youth Development Programme on the Transnational Qualifications Framework
Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)
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AbstractCommonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers 2013 UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa, 17-21 March 2013, Referencing the Youth Development Programme on the Transnational Qualifications Framework by John Lesperance, Commonwealth of Learning // The Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF) was established by the Commonwealth of Learning initially in the context of the Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC). Capacity building of educators and systems was at the centre of the design from the start. The TQF is currently becoming a translation point between national systems in more than 32 countries making up the small states of the Commonwealth and there appears to be interest in the concept from other countries. The TQF is defined as a translation instrument for the classification of qualifications between countries participating in the VUSSC, according to set criteria for specified levels of learning achieved, to improve credit transfer and promote common accreditation mechanisms. The purpose of the TQF is to facilitate the development and effective delivery of relevant and quality-assured qualifications. // The registration of the Commonwealth Youth Programme on the TQF will mean that learners will register for the programme with the knowledge that it is being offered by a nationally accredited institution. In addition to this, learners will be able to review the comparability of the qualification with their own country by reviewing qualification’s registration in the TQF. Thus, their qualifications will be recognised nationally, regionally but most important of all, it will also be recognised internationally and across the Commonwealth. The nature of their qualification will allow them to work and study not only in their own country, but also in other countries.