n Commonwealth Youth and Development - RPL as a pathway towards the professionalisation of youth work in South Africa

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



South African youth is facing a lot of challenges such as unemployment, crime, drug abuse, poverty, lack of relevant education and skills, to name a few. There are a number of organisations and individuals that are involved in youth work across the country. There have been calls by the state and development practitioners for youth work to be professionalised just like other professions such as teaching, social work, nursing, and so on. There is a lot of people who are already employed as youth workers by government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the country who are already practising as youth workers. The author argues that all professions require a certain level of educational training and experience for admission into the profession. It is therefore important for the educational backgrounds and the experiences of youth workers to be assessed in order to determine the training and experience they have undergone to enable them to assist the youth in dealing with their challenges. This article explores the inclusion of recognition of prior learning (RPL) as one of the pathways which higher education providers can use for accrediting the work experiences of youth workers in South Africa and elsewhere and suggesting other relevant criteria and requirements for awarding the requisite academic qualifications towards the recognition of youth work qualifications.

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