Ferdinand | EducationGhana | March 18 |Namibia to host the 2023 AFTRA Conference and Roundtable
At its 11th Annual Roundtable held in Accra, Ghana, AFTRA unanimously endorsed Namibia as the host of the 2023 Conference and Roundtable.
Therefore, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture of Namibia and Namibian National Teachers’ Union (NANTU), both members of AFTRA, will work collaboratively to host the events.
Considering that Ministry and NANTU also hosted the AFTRA 4th Conference and 6th Roundtable in 2015, Namibia now joins the rank of the unique countries to host the events twice since AFTRA’s inauguration in 2010.
This demonstrates the frontline position of Namibia in the advancement of AFTRA and the teaching profession in Africa.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE AFTRA 10TH TEACHING AND LEARNING CONFERENCE
AND 12TH ROUNDTABLE, NAMIBIA, MAY 9-12, 2023 (NAMIBIA 2023)
Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) is pleased to announce its
10th International Conference & 12 th Roundtable to be hosted by the Ministry of Education, Art and Culture, Republic of Namibia, and Namibia National Teachers Union (NANTU), May 9-12, 2023.
AFTRA is the intergovernmental organisation for the regulation of teaching in Africa comprising Ministries of Education, National Teaching Councils, Teacher Unions, Teacher Education Institutions, and international organisations associated with the regulation of teaching.
AFTRA is also the Africa Regional Branch of the world body, International Forum of Teaching
Regulatory Authorities, IFTRA (www.iftra.org).
It is further the Co-Chair of the African Union Teacher Development Cluster, Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025), and a member of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030.
It has a special working relationship with African Union Commission, UNESCO-IICBA, UNESCO Regional offices in Africa, Education International Africa Region, and many others.
The Conference is open to all stakeholders in Africa and across the world, from government representatives to teaching professionals, academics, researchers, publishers, innovators,
industry experts, digital giants, and postgraduate students.
The Roundtable, is, however, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Federation and admits delegates of only member Ministries and organisations.
SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR
H.E. Hage Gottfried Geingob President of the Republic of Namibia
Hon. Ester Anna Nghipondoka, MP. Minister of Education, Art and Culture, Namibia
Namibia National Teachers Union (NANTU
Safari Court Hotel, Windhoek, Namibia
Submission of Conference Papers
Empirical and theoretical papers are acceptable provided they follow the APA writing style,
a maximum of 10 pages including references, one-and-half spacing, Times New Roman,
font size 12, MS Word format, and written in English, French or Portuguese language.
Indicate a new paragraph by double-spacing, not indentation. Papers must have abstracts not exceeding 150 words. However, abstracts alone are not acceptable. Submit full papers
not later than February 25, 2023, to the Programme Manager, AFTRA, Abuja
A paper must be submitted with evidence of payment of 50 USD for paper vetting and publication in the edited 2023 AFTRA Conference Proceedings.
After the conference, high-quality papers will be further peer-reviewed and published in the AFTRA International Journal.
Online Registration for Conference and Roundtable
Online registration ahead of the Conference and Roundtable is highly advised. This will
facilitate logistical preparations and enable organisers to send updates directly to
delegates and participants. Online registration does not require any payments.
Register through the AFTRA website: https://www.africateaching-authorities.org or copy and paste the link on your browser to directly access the online registration form:
Online registration and payment for the conference are separate – registration can be
done ahead of the payment for the conference. Payment for the Conference
Intending conference participants shall pay an ‘early bird’ conference fee of 250 USD
(before the conference) or 300 USD at the conference venue. Please email evidence of
early bird payment with personal details to the Programme Manager, AFTRA, Abuja
([email protected]). Pay only US Dollars to AFTRA Bank as detailed below:
Bank Name: First Bank Nigeria Plc.
Bank Street Address: Plot 777, Mohammed Buhari Way, Central Business District
City: Abuja, Country: Nigeria
Account Name: Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities
Account No: 2033683427, Sort Code: 011150000, Swift Code: FBNINGLA
For enquiries about visa including requests for visa-on-arrival, hotel reservations, and
related logistics, the following officials should be contacted:
▪ Ms. Edda Bohn, Deputy Executive Director, Formal Education, Ministry of
Education, Arts & Culture, Windhoek, Namibia. Email: [email protected] or
[email protected], Mobile: +264812492726, +264811240130
▪ Mr. Nicolaas Eiman, Deputy Director, Programmes & Quality Assurance, Ministry of
Education, Arts & Culture, Windhoek, Namibia. Email: [email protected]
or [email protected], Mobile: +264812767112.
▪ Ms. Loide Shaanika, Secretary General, Namibia National Teachers Union,
Windhoek, Namibia. Email: [email protected] Mobile: +264813942757.
▪ Mr. Tomas Niilonga, Deputy Secretary General, Namibia National Teachers Union,
Windhoek, Namibia. Email: [email protected] Mobile: +264811243987.
Ms. Alina Shikongo, Executive Assistant, Namibia National Teachers Union,
Windhoek, Namibia. Email: [email protected]
• Hon. Ester Anna Nghipondoka, MP, Minister of Education, Art and Culture, Namibia
• Professor Josiah Ajiboye, AFTRA President & Registrar/CEO, Teachers Registration
Council of Nigeria.
• Dr Christian Addai-Poku, AFTRA Secretary General & Registrar, National Teaching
• Mrs. Loide Shaanika, Secretary General, Namibia National Teachers’ Union (NANTU)
For more information, please visit: www.africateaching-authorities.org
Prof Steve Nwokeocha, PhD, MNAE, F.AFTRA, FCoT (UK).
Executive Director (Academics), AFTRA
AFTRA is an intergovernmental organisation comprising the Ministries of Education and National Agencies regulating teaching in all the Member States of the African Union.
Inaugurated on October 12, 2010, in Abuja Nigeria by the Ministers of Education of Nigeria and South Africa, AFTRA has grown into a profound continental Federation that leads policy development and implementation for the professionalization of teaching in Africa.
AFTRA is also a member of the International Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (www.iftra.org) and the UN International Taskforce on Teachers for Education 2030 (www.teachersforefa.unesco.org/).
In pursuit of its mandates, AFTRA further functions as the African Union Co-Chair of the CESA Teacher Development Cluster; a member of the CESA Curriculum Cluster; and a member of the Advisory Group of the African Continental Qualification Framework (ACQF). AFTRA has UNESCO-IICBA and Education International Africa Regional Office as strategic partners and collaborates with UNESCO Regional offices across Africa and other continents.
The national laws that established the National Agencies which regulate teaching empower them to register and license teachers, set standards for pre-service and ongoing teacher professional development, develop and implement a code of ethics and professional standards for teachers and school leaders, and work generally to promote the professional status of teachers.
AFTRA, therefore, is working to translate these mandates into continental frameworks, to facilitate the exchange of best practices, teacher mobility, and quality teaching and learning throughout Africa for the actualization of SDG4- Education, CESA 16-25 and the AU Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.
AFTRA Founding Countries
AFTRA Founding Countries: Nigeria, South Africa, Gabon, Kenya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Cameroon, Ghana, Republic of Benin, Rwanda, Tanzania, Guinea Bissau, Congo, Angola, Uganda, Namibia, Botswana, & Zambia.
Supported by: UNESCO, UK Department for International Development, British Council, International Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities, Teachers Without Borders International, Japanese International Cooperation Agency & US Agency for International Development.
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