Zambia to host Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities conference


Government has announced that Zambia will host the Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) Conference in May.

AFTRA is a consortium of Teaching Regulatory Authorities, Teaching Service Commissions, Teacher Unions and Ministries of Education including development partners in education.

Minister of Education, Douglas Syakalima, announced this at a media briefing to flag off the hosting of the conference in Lusaka on Tuesday.

“Zambia through the Ministry of Education and the Teaching Council of Zambia will be hosting this prestigious conference,” Syakalima announced.

He said the conference was scheduled to take place at Mulungushi International Conference Center in Lusaka and over 12 countries are expected to participate.

The minister stated the theme of the conference as, “The teachers we need for the education we want: Agenda setting for the African union education year 2024.

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“The conference is open to teachers, education administrators, educators, researchers, development partners, civil society in the education sector, teacher unions, colleges, universities and other stakeholders in the education sector,” Syakalima said.

He stated that regulating the teaching profession was a global and continental phenomenon and establishing professional synergies through conferences like the 11th AFTRA conference.

Syakalima added that the AFTRA conference was a platform for Zambia to showcase its academic system and achievements.

“It is exciting that Zambia will learn more from other countries as well, which lessons shall add value to our own practices long after the conference,” he said.

Syakalima indicated that about 10 provinces and the 116 districts of Zambia would be represented at the conference which would be graced by President Hakainde Hichilema.

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