The Commonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers
The Commonwealth Conference on Education and Training of Youth Workers (CCETYW 2013) has been organised by The Commonwealth Secretariat in partnership with the Government of the Republic of South Africa with an aim of bringing together Youth Development Practitioners from across the commonwealth for the 1st time ever. The delegates are drawn from youth development networks in Governments, NGOs youth workers associations and Youth Development agencies.
The theme of the conference is "Education and Training of Youth Workers: Towards the Professionalization of Youth Work" and will provide a platform for Youth Workers to deliberate on issues of relating to their work and to chart a way forward for standardizing Youth Work as a recognizable practice.
The Conference is under the patronage of the presidency and the President of the Republic of South Africa H.E Mr. Jacob G Zuma.
Conference goals and Objectives
The overall goal of the conference is to provide a platform for discussions on education and training in the youth work sector.
The objectives of the conference are to:
I. Create a map of current education and training programmes in the youth work sector across the commonwealth.
II. Share national experiences, on professionalization of youth work
III. Create awareness on youth work practice.
The sub-themes for the conference and workshops under each are:
A: Recognition of Prior Learning and Continuous Professional Development in Youth Work.
1. National and International recognition of youth work training
2. Continuous professional development for youth work practitioners
3. Recognition of Prior Learning in Youth Work
B: Youth Work Curriculum and International Recognition of Youth Work Education and Training.
1. Standardisation of youth work studies
2. Current qualifications offered by institutions in youth work
3. Academic exchanges and Research in Youth Development Practice
C: Building and sustaining a strong front: formation of youth work professional associations.
1. Building a strong front: lessons from Youth workers associations
2. Creating a commonwealth youth workers association
3. Commonwealth framework on youth work practice: towards standardisation
D: Promotion of Youth Work through National Youth Policies and programme.
1. Making youth work "fashionable": marketing and awareness creation on youth work
2. International Mechanisms for Promoting Youth Development Practice.
3. Youth work in National Youth Policies (NYPs)