The launch of the African Qualifications Verification Network (AQVN) on the 16th May 2016 and the Fifth Annual Groningen Declaration Network taking place from 17th to 19th May 2016
To mark this occasion, the organisation will host a series of events in Cape Town. The launch of the African Qualifications Verification Network (AQVN) on the 16th May 2016 will be first in this series of celebrations.
The AQVN is an important outcome of an international seminar that SAQA hosted in November 2014. The event, which had the theme Building Trust: Promoting genuine Qualifications through Effective Verification, brought together key stakeholders from 14 African countries. Besides the adoption of a Joint Declaration, delegates also agreed to establish the AQVN.
The idea of a network emerged from a need expressed by the seminar participants to develop trustworthy, legitimate institutional linkages and networks across the African continent driven by cooperation, collaboration and a common platform to access learner records.
The AQVN launch will be followed by the Fifth Annual Groningen Declaration Network Meeting that will take place from 17th to 19th May 2016. The motto for this year`s meeting is: “A Digital World for All: Making Skills Mobile.” This reflects the ambitions and potential of the Groningen Declaration Network. Its vision is that skills should be digitally articulated and exchanged as this will truly make skills mobile.
Promoting genuine qualifications and the use of bona fide digital student data will be the common denominator running through this meeting. It will also be the common denominator that runs through the founding meeting of AQVN a day ahead of the GDN meeting.
The last event in this series of events is an international seminar on qualifications frameworks that will take place on 20 May 2016. The seminar aims to provide a platform for information sharing and an exchange of ideas on qualification frameworks. The main theme of the international seminar will be “Qualifications Frameworks (QFs): Towards 2030”.
The main theme will have two key focus areas. Sub-theme one will focus on the sharing of information and an exchange of ideas about where we have come from as qualifications frameworks systems. Sub-theme two will focus on how best to advance them into the future by using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or the 2030 Agenda.