AFTRA held its 9th Conference and 11th Roundtable in Accra, Ghana, May 30 – June 1, 2022. The theme of the Conference was “Unpacking Teaching and Learning in Africa for Excellence.” It was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Ghana, its agency, the National Teaching Council, and the Teachers Unions in Ghana. Many African countries participated with speakers from Africa, Europe, North America and Asia.
The Annual AFTRA Ministerial Session, which was among the key programmes, was held under the Chairmanship of the Minister of Education, Ghana, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, MP and Minister of Education, Zambia, Hon. Douglas Syakalima, MP as Rapporteur. Other Ministers of Education who attended the Session were H.E. Luisa Maria Alves Grilo (Angola), Mrs. Angelina Matsie Motshekga, MP (South Africa), Wendkonni Joel Lionel BILGO (Burkina Faso), and Hon. Ester Anna Nghipondoka, MP (Namibia); and Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye (Nigeria) representing the Minister.
Heads and experts of the continental and global education authorities addressed the Ministerial Session. They included Dr Carlos Vargas Tamez, Head of the International Teacher Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 and Chief of the Section for Teacher Development, UNESCO, Paris; Dr Yumiko Yokozeki, Director, UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa, Ethiopia; Nigeria; Professor Steve Nwokeocha, Executive Director (Academics), AFTR A; Pedi Anawi, Deputy Regional Coordinator, Education International Africa Region; Dr Betty Obura Ogange, Education Specialist, Commonwealth of Learning, Canada; and several other speakers spanning the two days of the Conference.
Ministers commended the giant strides made by AFTRA over its twelve years of existence and successful partnerships and memberships of the various continental and global organisations such as the African Union Commission, UNESCO-IICBA, International Teacher Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030; Education International, International Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities and others.
Ministers acknowledged the vital teacher frameworks jointly developed by the African Union and AFTRA which can facilitate the transformation of education in Africa. Some of the frameworks are the (a) African Continental Framework of Standards and Competences for the Teaching Profession; (b) African Continental Teacher Qualification Framework; (c) African Continental Guidelines for the Teaching Profession; and (d) African Continental Teacher Mobility Protocol. The Ministers urged the Ministries of Education in Africa to fully implement the frameworks.
Below are some photos of the historic Conference.